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About Hildegard

The vision for Hildegard Center for the Arts is to be THE Center that bridges cultures and communities through the Arts. It will be a place of creative inspiration where everyone is invited to share in the change we wish for our world!


New in 2016…

Just as past themes at Hildegard Center for the Arts have inspired such award winning projects as “Heroes Among Us,” the Wyuka Theatrical Tour, “Art in Non-Traditional Spaces” and “Doorways to Hope,” so too have we launched another exciting initiative called “Bridges.” We are using the arts in fresh and innovative ways to help “build bridges” in our communities, the greater Nebraska area and far beyond. There will be many…read more here!

Bridges Photo Call

The exciting partnership between HCFA, the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society called both amateur and professional photographers everywhere to capture images of historic sites and hidden treasures from all of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The Nebraska 150 Commission officially endorsed the Photo Call as a Signature Event/Program for the Sesquicentennial Celebration.

The winning photos will be featured in a yearlong statewide traveling exhibit in 2017 and will be showcased in a digital catalog. ALL submitted photos will join a virtual exhibit on the HCFA website.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED | Jurors Joel Sartore, Bobbi and Steve Olson and George Tuck carefully reviewed over 800 photo submissions and the results are in! Read more…

Art Bridges

Online Art Lesson Plans for Enrichment, Growth and Healing.

Hildegard’s exciting initiative “Art Bridges” is now available FREE to download! This online collection includes over 120 art lesson plans, activities and articles that encompass visual art, storytelling, writing, poetry, music enrichment and drama. Lead by Project Chair, Anne Woita, “Art Bridges” encompasses over a year of research with participating artists, teachers, music and art therapists, and counselors from as close as Lincoln, NE to as far away as Spain.The piloted lesson plans are easy to implement and suitable for a wide range of audiences with varying ages, challenges, needs and interests.  Read more…

The Triumph of a Man Called Standing Bear

Hildegard Center for the Arts, together with sponsoring partner SCC Southeast Community College Division of Humanities, has commissioned a compelling work by Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate to share with the world the timeless story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear.

Standing Bear: A Ponca Indian Cantata” will include many of Standing Bear’s own words in English as well as the Ponca language. The cantata will feature the exquisite talent of The Rangbrook Ensemble, a professional string sextet, baritone soloist, Dr. Jon Gruett, and critically acclaimed pianist Dr. Ken Hoppmann. Read more…

Give to Lincoln Day ~ Support HCFA!

May 26, 2016

This year, you will again have the opportunity to show your support for Lincoln area nonprofits during Give to Lincoln Day, May 26, sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation. Every dollar donated to Hildegard Center for the Arts that day will help our organization claim a share of a $300,000 challenge match fund—a resource that will assist HCFA with its exciting Bridges initiative. HCFA is striving to “build bridges” between communities and cultures, touching lives in both creative and inventive ways to “unite and inspire” our great city and state. Please consider making a donation to Hildegard Center for the Arts.

How to Donate:

Online: Online donations can be made NOW until 11:59 p.m. May 26, 2016 at

In-Person: Checks must be written to the Lincoln Community Foundation, with Hildegard Center for the Arts entered in the memo line. Checks need to be hand-delivered to the LCF office (215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 100) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on May 26, OR come visit our booth in Tower Square on 13th & P Street.

By Mail: For those who are unable to donate online or personally deliver a check, you may mail your gift, by May 23, to HCFA’s PO Box (PO Box 5304, Lincoln, NE 68505), and we’ll gladly hand-deliver checks to the Lincoln Community Foundation on May 26.

Thank you for supporting Hildegard Center for the Arts!

Celticas Spiritus Retreat: Touching the Timeless and Taking it Home II—Simplify

July 29, 5:00 p.m. – July 31, 1:30 p.m.

Simplify is the second retreat co-hosted by Celticas Spiritus and Hildegard Center for the Arts. The structure and setting of this retreat offers a unique immersion in the ancient wisdom of Celtic cultures and St. Hildegard von Bingen while experiencing a stylized monastic rhythm of days in the contemporary setting of St. Benedict Center in rural Schuyler, Nebraska. Presenters include: Susan J. Brasch, Holly Heffelbower, Rev. Jamie Norwich McLennan, Anne Sheedy Gardner and Cathleen Kelly. Register online by July 15 at: 

Who is Hildegard?

The name-sake for Hildegard Center for the Arts is Hildegard von Bingen, a German Abbess who lived the Middle Ages (1098-1179).  She was a prolific writer, theologian and composer who is considered one of the most identifiable woman artists of the Middle Ages. She helped to undo many prejudices of her time and in 2012 was canonized Saint Hildegard and designated a Doctor of the Church. Her contributions to the arts and message of hope, healing and care for the earth make her timeless. Now is the time for Hildegard Center for the Arts! READ MORE >

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