Western Nebraska will welcome the executive directors of the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska as they introduce the new Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Kyle Cartwright, in early August.

Cartwright, who has an extensive background in arts and administration, took the reins of NCE in January 2018, carrying the endowment’s mission to sustain the arts and humanities for Nebraska and playing a vital role in fundraising.

The group will be in North Platte on Aug. 9.

The Prairie Arts Center will host the group’s activities.

Cartwright, Wise, and Sommerich will have the opportunity to visit many of the local grant recipient sites, plus visit with arts advocates and thank donors for their support.

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the first cultural endowment in the nation to sustain both the arts and humanities — its resources supporting the programs and grants funded by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council.

A few North Platte organizations that have received funding from the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska are the Creativity Unlimited Arts Council, Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, Lincoln County Historical Society, North Platte Community Playhouse, Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, Wellfleet Fall Festival, and numerous area schools, libraries, and historical societies.

The group will start in Scottsbluff on Aug. 6-7 and be in Alliance on Aug. 8.

This year marks 20 years of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment creating sustainability funding for our state’s cultural resources, organizers say.

In a unique collaboration, the state of Nebraska, passionate citizens, the Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Arts Council, and Humanities Nebraska have invested significant resources each year into the community vitality of hundreds of thousands of Nebraska children, young professionals, seniors, and residents.