305 N 5th St Norfolk, NE 68701 info@norfolkartscenter.org (402) 371-7199

Kicking off the new year with art education!

The early months in the year can be bitter and cold but the Norfolk Arts Center isn’t letting that get us down. Introducing our newest monthly free program, Third Thursdays: Artist Speaker Series, the NAC wants to make the winter full of new and awesome experiences.

For every third Thursday of every month, the NAC will have a different artist giving a lecture on their professional practice.

Keep your eye out for these awesome events!

December Events and Classes

We have lots of opportunities to enjoy the arts this December! From classes to special performances, there’s something for everyone.

Saturday, December 1st
Pop in for our Pop-Up Shops! Local artists will be on hand displaying their work. Find that perfect present for someone special — or yourself! Jewelry, paintings, paper crafts, and more! 12 – 4 p.m.  

Drop and Shop Workshop for Kids – 1-3 p.m. Need a little time to shop or run errands? Our drop-in friendly workshop lets your kids get creative while you get things done. Cost is $5 per child, ages 4 and up. This is a drop-in friendly class, so come anytime during the workshop. Stay for a little or for a while!

Tuesday, December 11 at 4 p.m.
Passport to Art 5th Grade Program – All area 5th graders are invited to join our Passport to Art program and enjoy free arts education and events.

Thursday, December 13, 5-7 p.m.
Opening reception for the Leroy von Glan and Pearl Hansen exhibit. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
Sing Noel – Norfolk Chamber Singers
Join us for this annual holiday tradition. Enjoy a seasonal music performance by the Norfolk Chamber Singers while dining on delectable desserts. Tickets are available through the NAC or the Chamber Singers. Click here to get your tickets!

Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
Sing Noel – Norfolk Chamber Singers
By popular demand, a second performance is being offered. Enjoy a seasonal music performance by the Norfolk Chamber Singers while dining on delectable desserts. Tickets are available through the NAC or the Chamber Singers. Click here to get your tickets!

Retro at the Retrospective

Radical 80s Party to Celebrate 40 Years of History

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at our 80s costume party! 40 years of service to the community is truly a milestone, and we’re excited for what the next 40 brings. We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us put on a “totally awesome” party:

Mama Made

Insurance Associates

Lou’s Thrifty Way

Pat & Patti Gubbels

Sign Gypsies

Dave Merkel

Midwest Music Center

Hy-Vee East


NAC Celebrates 40 Years

The Norfolk Arts Center is throwing itself a party on Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate hitting the big 4-0. The ‘80s-themed costume party is free to all and open to the public.  

Come dressed in your favorite ‘80s gear or as an ‘80s icon. Musician Dave Merkel will perform your favorite hits from the decade. The fabulous forty party is free and welcomes all ages. 

The Norfolk Arts Center was established in 1978. Over the last forty years, it has positively affected the lives of tens of thousands of northeast Nebraskans through theatre, music, and visual arts experiences. The staff and Board of Directors hope that everyone who has participated in NAC activities will join in commemorating this milestone year. 

The NAC is seeking photos from participants of past events. Photographs and other memorabilia may be brought to the NAC and digital images emailed to info@norfolkartscenter.org. Physical items will be returned after the party.

Gallery Artist Ryan Crotty in Focus

Our current main gallery artist Ryan Crotty was the focus of a recent Norfolk Daily News article. Crotty’s exhibit will be on display through November 29. Read the Norfolk Daily News article here –>

Passport to Art Launch Party

Passport to ArtCalling all Norfolk 5th graders! You are invited to join a special program at the Norfolk Arts Center created just for you! The Passport to Art program gives you access to exclusive classes and events in art, music, and theatre through the Norfolk Arts Center. Best of all, it’s free!

How It Works:

Free special events will be held each month for Art Passport holders. You must bring your passport to the event to gain admission. Each event that you attend earns you a “stamp” in your Art Passport. You can also receive stamps by attending other NAC events. Your passport is good until the August of your 6th-grade year. At the end of the art passport adventure, students will receive a gift based on the number of stamps they collected during their “travels”.

Launch Party: Saturday, October 13 at Noon

The official launch party and sign up is on Saturday, October 13th at 12:00. Sign up forms have been distributed to area schools. Please bring your completed form along with you. Sign up forms will also be available at the NAC. If you are unable to make it to the launch party, you may sign up for the program later.

Riverpoint Arts Festival


Saturday, September 22
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Norfolk Arts Center
305 North 5th Street

The Riverpoint Arts Festival has something for everyone!

We’re bringing the art market back to our annual Riverpoint celebration! Join us for arts, crafts, food, and fun for the whole family. An open-air art market starts at 10 a.m. with an indoor children’s festival following immediately after the parade. Tinkers will be on site serving lunch and snacks, so come hungry!

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Open Air Arts & Crafts Market
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Festival* (Requires wristband purchase)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Free Community Art Projects
All *events require wristbands. Wristbands are $5 and can be purchased day of at the NAC.


Outside activities going on all day:
• Sidewalk Chalk
• Bubbles
• Art wall
• Arts and Crafts Market


Indoor activities going on all day:
• *Pumpkin Decorating
• *NAC Make and Take Crafts – SLIME!
• *Balloon Animals, Glitter Tattoos, and Face Painting
$5 dollar wristbands will be available for purchase at the doors. Wristbands include:
• Pumpkin with Pumpkin Decorating
• Face Painting
• Balloon Animals
• Glitter Tattoos
• Make and Take Slime

Denice Hansen appointed as new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Norfolk Arts Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Denice Hansen as the organization’s Executive Director. The Norfolk Arts Center (NAC) is a non-profit dedicated to bringing people and the arts together, serving the greater northeast Nebraska area.

Denice Hansen began her relationship with the NAC four years ago as a Program Coordinator. Later, she was promoted to Assistant Director. Before becoming Executive Director, she acted as the Interim Director, providing oversight of programming and operations. Denice has been instrumental in bringing in national theatrical productions to the community and curating gallery exhibitions. She has established greater cooperation between the NAC and other community organizations. Denice spearheaded the development of ‘Fork Fest, which drew 1,000 people into downtown Norfolk on its debut and which continues to flourish under her leadership.

Denice holds a Bachelor of Studio Arts with an emphasis in visual communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She brings to the NAC 10 years of marketing and public relations experience. Prior to her time with the NAC, Denice contributed her creative talents to Wright Publishing Company of Omaha and the Hartington Shopper.

“I’m eager to step into the Executive Director role and utilize my background in marketing and public relations, as well as my established local connections to further extend the reach of the arts in our community,” says Hansen. “As an area native, I have a vested commitment to this community’s growth and success, and the arts are a key factor of that goal. My focus for the future will be pushing STEAM-based learning opportunities for area students in the theatre and classroom, continuing to grow community festivals that boast local creators as entrepreneurs and economic impactors, and striving for self-sustainability to ensure the arts thrive when outside factors are less reliable.”

Crafting Comics and Slime: August Classes

With school starting in August, summer is almost at an end. We’re finishing off our summer season with a bang – just like how we kicked off summer. We have two more classes left plus a sensational Second Saturday.

By popular demand, we’ve brought back our slime class. Return of the Slime will be on Friday, August 10th from 10:30-12:30. Kids will learn how to make slime and oobleck. Come dressed for mess as we will be experimenting with these non-Newtonian liquids in unexpected ways!

August 18th is The Craft of Comics for teens and adults. We’re bringing in comics professional Nathanial Hamel to lead a workshop in character creation and sequential art. Come to learn how to turn your ideas into a visual story.

Our August edition of Second Saturday is on the 11th from 1-3 p.m. Second Saturday features an open-house studio. This month we will be working with mixed media. Stop by and create your own unique piece.

SAVE THE DATE: Our Riverpoint Festival is Saturday, September 22nd! We’re bringing back our art festival as part of the festivities. There will be an open-air artist market in the parking lot of the NAC. Indoors, we will have our children’s festival with crafts and clowns. There will be something for everyone! The Riverpoint Festival runs from 11-3. Watch the parade from our front lawn, then join us for afterward for our festival!