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Drop-In For Art Fun All Summer

School may be out for the summer, but art class is in session! Every Thursday in June and July, we are offering Drop-In Art class for kids ages 2-12.

Each week features a different project that is scalable in difficulty so that everyone can enjoy the creation process. So far this summer we’ve created mirror image string paintings and painted with bubbles. This week we will be working with watercolor techniques. There will be something new and fun each week to keep your young artists inspired.

No pre-registration is required. Students under the age of 4 are required to have a caregiver present. The class runs from 11-11:45 a.m. every Thursday and is $5 per student.

Super Slime was Super Fun!

We hosted two sold-out slime classes to kick off our summer season. There were lots of smiles and giggles – and plenty of mess! Students made batches of oobleck and fluffy slime. Oobleck is a pressure-dependent substance that behaves as both a liquid and a solid, much to the amazement of the kids. Next, we headed outside and created a wading pool of oobleck and discovered that we could walk on “water”.

If you missed out on these classes, we’ll be scheduling more later this summer. Be sure to follow our Facebook page and check our online schedule of classes for the latest information.

Slime Class 2

Our first session of Super Slime is full! If you missed out on registering or want to take it again, we are offering a second session of the class on Saturday, May 26th from 1-3 p.m. The first class filled up fast, so don’t delay!

Super Slime (second session)
Saturday, May 26th
1-3 p.m.
Location: Norfolk Arts Center
$15 (nonmembers). Membership discounts apply.

Click here to reserve your spot today!

NAC’s Role in the Local Art World

Meghan O’Conner, WSC professor, local artists and winner of NAC’s 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, shares her story about how the Norfolk Arts Center has gotten and kept her engaged in the local art scene.

Attack, Resist, Meet in the Middle
Meghan O’Connor

“Before recently moving to the area, the Norfolk Art Center was immediately on my radar.  Upon my arrival in 2016, my colleague, Marlene Mueller, suggested that I enter the Annual Juried Art Show.  This year was the second year that I was juried into the exhibit.  I received an award and I was floored!  Since the jurors are at the receptions, it is a wonderful opportunity to have discussions about your work and hear more about their selection process.  In addition to seeing the variety of work in the juried exhibit, you can also view the juror’s work, as well as their colleagues (with each year’s juror being faculty at a regional college).  Still considering myself fairly new to the area, I value not only being a part of this exhibit, but also getting to meet other inspired artists and teachers in the region, and continue to form bonds with members and staff of the NAC for planning and participating in future events, such as the annual Soup R’ Art, summer screenprinting workshops, and a future solo exhibition in summer 2019.  I am happy to have been welcomed into this fold that includes so many others who share a love of art and the community.”
Check out Meghan’s and all the Juried Exhibition selections on display through the end of May.

So Much Fun Rolled Up Into One Summer


We’ve got the supplies, all we need is you!

Beat those dog days of summer with some cool creativity! We are offering a full schedule of art opportunities with at least one class per week available all summer long. There’s something for everyone – toddlers through adults.

Kids can kick off summer vacation with our Super Slime class, which will feature a surprise of epic proportions. Our Magical Gardens class lets kids build their own miniature garden accessories and create their own fairy or wizard garden. We will have two clay classes – one for preschoolers and another for elementary-age students. Toddlers get their own special class in July with Toddler Team Up! And new this summer is Drop-In Art every Thursday in June and July. This weekly class will accommodate kids ages 2 through 12 with adaptable projects to fit each artist’s skill level. No registration is required, so come each week or when it fits into your schedule. We ask that a caregiver remain to assist young artists under 4 years of age.

Craft of Comics Class with Nathanial Hamel

We didn’t forget about our teens and adults. Fluid Art is our new workshop focusing on acrylic pour painting. This fun art form is perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike. Divots Brewery is partnering with us to present a summer edition of Beer 101 for adults who want to learn about the distinctive flavor notes and styles of beer. New this summer we are featuring The Craft of Comics, a hands-on workshop with comic artist and gallery owner Nathanial Hamel who will teach the art of storytelling and work one-on-one with students to hone their character designs.

Second Saturdays offer yet another way to get the whole family involved. In May we will explore preserving history by making rubbings from our urban and suburban landscapes, such as decorative manhole covers and commemorative bricks and plaques. June will feature the art of origami, and July is the debut of ArtStock, our open-air art market featuring local artists and artisans.

If you enjoyed Toddler Team Up this spring, you’ll love Drop-In Art. This class is designed for all ages and groups and requires no registration. As the name states, just drop in!

See you this summer!

11th Annual Juried Show Awards

Please join us in congratulating all of the artists selected for the Norfolk Arts Center’s annual Juried Show. This year’s competition boasted the largest participation yet.  Don Robson, professor of Art at Concordia University, curated the exhibition and awarded the top prizes.

Winners of the 11th Annual Juried Show are:

Best of Show:
Meghan O’Connor
“Attack, Resist, Meet in the Middle”
Best of Show: Attack, Resist, Meet in the Middle by Meghan O'Connor
1st Place:
Robert Klein Engler
“He Only Rode One Horse”
1st Place: He Only Rode One Horse by Robert Klein Engler
2nd Place:
Brooke Gettman
“I’m Sorry”
2nd Place: I'm Sorry by Brooke Gettman
Honorable Mention:
Sarah Krupp
Honorable Mention: Cervidae by Sarah Krupp
Honorable Mention:
Leland Fritz
“Chevron Vase”
Honorable Mention: Chevron Vase by Leland Fritz


Jazz event at The Stables to benefit two local art scholarship funds

Friday, April 27, 2018
*Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 20*

Cocktail Hour @ 5:30 p.m.  |  Dinner served @ 6:00 p.m.  |  Music @ 7:00 p.m.

As spring (slowly) emerges, the Norfolk Arts Center is excited to once again announce its spring concert – this time with benefits going toward two local art scholarships for kids. The event will kick off Friday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. as the doors of The Stables open with a cocktail hour, followed by a “Spring Chicken” dinner, prepared by Chef Kirk Kollath, served at 6:00 p.m. The highlight of the evening will feature local musicians of the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble playing a lively line up that will entice attendees to hit the dance floor.  

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble’s and the Norfolk Arts Center’s scholarship funds. Both groups have funds in place to help young art enthusiasts in the area continue their education and follow their dreams via the arts. To inquire about applying, or for more information on either of these scholarships, please contact Kevin McClouth at Northeast Community College or Kara Weader-Gaster at the Norfolk Arts Center. 

Deadline to purchase tickets for the event is Friday, April 20. Tickets are $48 for NAC members and $60 for the public and can acquired either HERE or by stopping by the NAC located at 305 North 5th Street in Norfolk. Dinner is included with ticket purchase. 

This springtime event, now in its fourth year, is looked forward to by the community as a unique experience and seasonal favorite in Norfolk. The Norfolk Arts Center’s performing arts committee works hard to find a high quality and electric performances each year to feature in Norfolk.

Come dressed to move as following dinner the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble will play fabulous live music that is sure to have you out of your seats and on the dance floor. This band is comprised of local jazz fanatics whose talent is second to none!

Second Saturday Success

March 10th marked the debut of our latest community engagement event series, Second Saturday. Adults and children of all ages enjoyed touring our gallery exhibit of youth art and creating clay sculptures and watercolor paintings in our classroom studio. Local artists Bianca Ramirez and Tyson Koehn served as on-hand experts, teaching visitors various techniques and leading them through the creation process. Second Saturday is open to the public and free. Each event features a different medium as part of our educational outreach to make art accessible to all Northeastern Nebraskans. We hope you’ll join us at our next Second Saturday on April 14th.

The Lightning Thief Performance Electrifies the Audience

Theatreworks U.S.A. brought their touring production of “The Lightning Thief” to the  Johnny Carson Theatre today as part of the Norfolk Arts Center’s Theater for Kids program. Students from near and far came to enjoy the musical theatrical adaption of the popular Rick Riordan novel.

Each year the Theater for Kids program enriches the lives of over 5,000 Nebraska students by bringing in performances from all over the world. Judging by the happy faces today, “The Lightning Thief” was a hit. Students from Jefferson Elementary School in Norfolk remarked that they “wanted more” and are looking forward to reading the books that inspired the play. An educator from Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools said that these theater productions are a stepping stone for getting students interested in One Act plays and speech.

“The Lightning Thief” had two performances in Norfolk. In addition to sparking students’ interest in literature and theater, the performance meets NE FA 5.5.3 standards and provides curriculum connections in communication and language arts, music, and social studies.

February Fun

February may be a short month, but it’s long on fun at the Norfolk Arts Center! Classes, theatre, exhibits – there’s no shortage of things to do.

Have you seen all of the press about our current exhibit by Rachel Mindrup and Kelly Rush? This extraordinarily moving exhibit is only here through February 22nd, so hurry down to see it for yourself. As always, our exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Lightning Thief hits the stage at the Johnny Carson Theater on February 22nd as well. The national touring production by Theatreworks USA is based on the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Performances are at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $4 per seat and are available day of show at the box office. If you have a large group that would like to attend, please call the NAC for seating arrangements.

Classes are in full swing. Beer 101 was held in conjunction with the Divot’s Brewery. Students learned the basics of brewing, learned about ingredients and flavor, and sampled a variety of styles. Students in Jewelry Design: The Beauty and Power of Crystals learned about the properties of crystals and created one-of-a-kind bracelets. Saturday Studio and Afterschool Art Club are teaching a variety of techniques and mediums to children. Drop-ins are available on the children’s classes for $10. The second session is coming up soon, so register now to ensure your space in a class. Browse through our course offerings here on the website. We have something for all ages – from toddlers to adults.

February 16th is Community Game Night. Stop down and try your hand at one of the game tables. Free and open to the public!