The Nebraska Cultural Endowment received $1 million from John W. Carson Foundation.
The donation will help support the funding of the arts and humanities in Nebraska.
At a press conference, Friday, leaders said supporting the arts gives a richness to communities. It attracts tourism dollars and keeps young people in town. Leaders said since schools don't have funds to support arts education, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment steps in with grants.
"If we provide more arts opportunities for children, their educational performance is enhanced. So it's a lifetime of payoff because they get a better education, they do better in school, they move on in their lives and have greater opportunities economically and also in entertainment," said Terry Ferguson, President of Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the private partner in a private-public relationship with the state of Nebraska created to provide a livelihood for the arts and humanities in our state.