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Arts Engagement and Community Outreach


Arts Engagement and Community Outreach

Arts Engagement and Community Outreach

Outreach to At-Risk Children and Youth 

Through support from our community partners United Way, Nebraska Arts Council, Union Bank & Trust and others, the Art Van takes classes to low-income Lincoln Elementary schools, reaching over 600 students per year. 

The school programs take place after school at Community Learning Centers set up at each school to provide additional support and opportunities at low-income schools. Classes are curriculum-focused and use National and Local Standards for art classes.  National studies have shown that access to art instruction improves not only scholastic achievement but also self-esteem, social skills and connection to peers and the community. 

You can support our outreach classes to at-risk youth by making a donation today!

“We cherish our strong relationship with the LUX Center for the Arts.  Our kids benefit from the art classes that are part of our after-school programs. Kids who attend after-school programs are more engaged in school, participate in leadership activities and score higher on tests.” –Rik Devney, Principal of Huntington Elementary

Current Partner Organizations and Agencies 

Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Lincoln 

Civic Nebraska 

El Centro de las Americas (with the Lincoln Arts Council) 

Hope Spoke 

LPS Family Literacy Program 

Mourning Hope 

Vocational Rehabilitation Nebraska 

Community Gallery 

The LUX Center has a large space dedicated to individuals and community groups interested in showing artwork to the public. Shows will be on display to the community for one month. Click here to apply. 

Past Outreach

Art Van

The Art Van provided high quality, hands-on art education programs offsite inthe community. The Art Van hit the road in 2009 and partnered with schools, youth service agencies, seniors, daycare centers, local businesses, and organizations to provide art classes and wellness programs across the state. Art Van has served over 10,000 people in the Lincoln community. 

Since the Art Van deLUX hit the road in 2009, we have brought afterschool art clubs to these Lincoln schools:

  • Adams Elementary
  • Arnold Elementary*
  • Brownell Elementary*
  • Clinton Elementary*
  • Faith Lutheran School
  • Fredstrom Elementary
  • Hartley Elementary*
  • Holmes Elementary*
  • Humann Elementary
  • Huntington Elementary*
  • Kloefkorn Elementary
  • Kooser Elementary
  • McPhee Elementary*
  • Norwood Park Elementary*
  • Pershing Elementary*
  • Prescott Elementary*
  • Pyrtle Elementary
  • Riley Elementary*
  • Rousseau Elementary
  • Saratoga Elementary*
  • St. Johns Catholic School
  • West Lincoln Elementary*
  • Dawes Middle School*

*Denotes a school with more than 50% of students on free or reduced lunch

The Art Van also brought our art classes and wellness programs to the following facilities:

  • Bryan Health Rehab
  • Bryan Health Lifepointe
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Calvert Rec Center
  • Grand Lodge at the Preserve
  • Independence House
  • Indian Center
  • Irving Rec Center
  • Lancaster County Youth Services Center
  • Madonna’s St. Jane de Chantal
  • Nebraska Comission for the Blind
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center
  • St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • Tabitha Health Care
  • 5 Daycare Centers

Outside of Lincoln the Art Van deLUX has brought programs to:

  • Albion Public Schools
  • Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum
  • North Platte Public Schools Kids Klub
  • Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center

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