Culture equates to the values of a people. The arts are creations meant to communicate or appeal to the senses or mind.
Just look around Lincoln, and the values of the people here are obvious, as are the artistic creations that encompass almost every aspect of the city.
The Lincoln Arts Council, a group that advocates for the arts, encourages community cultural development and promotes Lincoln area artists and arts organizations. Dozens of local groups fall under the Council's umbrella, including the Capital City Czech Choraliers, Lincoln Irish Dancers, Handweavers' Guild, the Lincoln Community Gospel Choir, Third Chair Chamber Players and the Lincoln Municipal Band. Every Christmas the First Plymouth Abendmusik Choir delights audiences with a holiday concert series.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a major contributor to the cultural field with The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and the Sheldon Sculpture Gardens. The art gallery, renowned for its significant American art collection, has undergone major remodeling that will insure the continued proper preservation of these treasured pieces, including works by Georgia O'Keefe and Andy Warhol. The sculpture garden, considered a principal component of the 60-acre university and state-wide arboretum, provides a historical representation of 20th century sculpture with more than 36 works of art strategically placed throughout the university grounds.
The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center is a brand new, technologically-advanced facility on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Media Arts Center, one of the most modern in the country, will by day provide extraordinary opportunities for students pursuing careers in the film and television industries; and by night offer a variety of quality presentations from American independent and foreign films, to classics, documentaries and experimental films for public viewing.
The University's cultural offerings continue with the Great Plains Art Collection and through the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Lied is a Midwestern landmark offering opportunities for artistic expression, education and entertainment that enriches the lives of its visitors. Broadway productions that have stopped at The Lied Center during national tours include Les Miserables, Cats, Stomp and Beauty and the Beast.
A wealth of information, resources and assistance is available through the city's extensive library system. The Lincoln City Libraries' main facility is the downtown Bennett Martin Public Library. Eight additional branches are conveniently located throughout the city. In addition to housing thousands of volumes for patrons' use, the libraries provide conference spaces, private study rooms and computers with Internet access.
Throughout the year, there are a number of art shows, festivals and fairs that offer onlookers a front row seat to the arts and events that reflect the diverse culture of Lincoln. The city's museums highlight the area's historically rich past.
Entertainment in Lincoln stretches further, with numerous recreational offerings, including miniature golf, bowling alleys, skate parks, raceways, 18-hole golf courses, go-karts, cinematic movie screens with the latest Hollywood flicks, and a number of restaurants and clubs that offer live musical and comedic entertainment.