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Our cover photo by John F. Keller features Lori Thomas, executive director of Public Art Lincoln, in front of the “Frog Baby” sculpture by Edith Barretto Parsons in the Hamann Rose Garden.

Thomas and Public Art Lincoln serve as a liaison between the local arts community and the city, helping to find, select and site public art in Lincoln. They helped develop Lincoln’s Public Art Master Plan in 2012, and recently helped bring Benjamin Victor’s “Chief Standing Bear” sculpture near the north end of Centennial Mall, and John Buck’s “Palo Alto 1” in the Rotary Strolling Garden.

We are blessed to have public art all around us in Lincoln, and it has been almost entirely brought in by private donations. For that reason, Public Art Lincoln is working on an Art Makers endowment fund, which is seeking donations to ensure that Lincoln can continue to bring high quality public art to the community.

Thomas conveys her organization’s mission concisely: “We want [Lincoln] to be the public art destination in the country.”

See Greg Walklin’s cover story on this website to learn the many ways Public Art Lincoln works with the arts community and the City of Lincoln.

Around town …

Despite a late-spring snowstorm, nearly 200 people attended Catsino Night April 14 at the Center for People in Need. The event raised $8,500 for The Cat House and celebrated the no-kill cat shelter’s 20th year of serving homeless cats. The night’s activities included casino-themed games, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a raffle drawing. See our coverage and more about The Cat House’s history and services on this website.

Another fundraising event that drew a good crowd was Star City BaconFest. Over 600 people sampled bacon-inspired treats created by chefs from leading Lincoln-area restaurants April 22 at the Cornhusker Marriott. Sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and Nebraska Restaurant Association, the annual event benefits culinary students in the state and will provide over $5,000 in scholarships through the Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Education Foundation. See details and photos on this website.

… And beyond

In this season of planning trips, we’ve included a story about local dentists and physicians who, for the 10th year in March, traveled to Haiti to provide free dental and medical care. See the story and photos on this website. Also, on pages 16-17, Regina Busse treats us to a trip to Patagonia.

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