Five things you don’t want to miss at NCF’s 2023 Annual Celebration

Nebraska Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration itinerary is dense with learning opportunities and connection. No matter where you are in your community-building journey, Annual Affiliated Fund Training has breakout sessions that will leave you with lessons to take back home. And while these sessions are certainly central to our day, Nebraska Community Foundation has planned a variety of activities and performances to make the day even more inspiring (so don’t forget to register!):

1. Reset your brain with neurographic art
If you need to take a moment between breakout sessions and plenaries to calm your mind and reset your intentions, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) will have just what you need. Christine Lockhart-Brown, MONA’s Director of Learning and Engagement, will teach participants the benefits of neurographic art, helping you to relax and visualize your dreams and aspirations. The art room will be available in the afternoon, and attendees are encouraged to come and go as they please.

Neurographic art is a meditative, free-flowing art form that encourages your brain to let go of its constraints, allowing fresh ideas and insights to surface. By harnessing the therapeutic benefits of this innovative technique, you will cultivate a state of mind that is receptive to your innermost goals. An ideal activity for a day full of inspiration!

2. Hear inspiring speakers during NEBTalks
Our lunch plenary will showcase exceptional changemakers who have dedicated themselves to making a positive impact in their communities. Speakers will share their unique experiences, innovative ideas, and transformative projects that have fostered unity and connection. Hear firsthand accounts of planned giving success, the Hometown Intern experience, how the NCF network inspired a group of Canadian community-builders, and more.

Want to know more about NEBTalks? Visit our Vimeo page to watch presentations from last year’s Annual Celebration!

3. Learn about Nebraska art at MONA’s pop-up museum
This year’s Annual Celebration social hour will feature something special for the art appreciators—a pop-up art museum presented by Kearney’s own Museum of Nebraska Art! This exhibit will display a small collection of artists with strong connections to Greater Nebraska. Better yet, MONA experts will be on site to share details about each piece on display.

4. Explore NCF network success at the Affiliated Fund Expo
See how other communities across the state are inspiring dreams as you explore an exhibition of booths created by affiliated fund volunteers. This session showcases over a dozen communities that have implemented unique programs, projects, and processes in furtherance of creating more welcoming places.

This year’s topics include:

  • Diller’s youth Serviceship Camp
  • Heritage tourism in Red Cloud
  • People attraction efforts in Perkins County
  • Applying youth survey lessons in Bertrand
  • Embracing the arts in Imperial
  • Entrepreneurship in Sidney

5. Listen to the UNK String Quartet
Hear one of the University of Kearney’s greatest assets during this year’s social hour! The Thornton String Quartet, featuring UNK students, will take the stage to perform a selection of upbeat music perfect for an evening of relationship-building and celebration.

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