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HAVE YOU HEARD heard THE big news?

How did it all start? Ballet Nebraska began as a grassroots organization in 2009 and has steadily grown into a key cultural asset in the region. The people behind Ballet Nebraska have given their lifeblood for eight years, and have created a wonderful professional company that the community can be proud of. What is happening now? The community is coming together to advance the ballet to the exciting next phase in its development! Plans revolve around enhancing operations and creating a permanent home for the ballet to provide long-term sustainability for the company. As a reflection of the company’s increasing stature as a regional asset, Ballet Nebraska is rebranding under the new name American Midwest Ballet. We’ve always been a presence in both Omaha and Council Bluffs, and this name more fully reflects our identity. For our upcoming Season 9, we’ll begin performing under the American Midwest Ballet name. An operating support campaign is also underway to strengthen core operations by investing in staff and dancer infrastructure. The company is grateful to its many supporters who are making this possible, including major operating gifts from the Iowa West Foundation, the Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation, the Richard Brooke Foundation, the Holland Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

What’s the next step? American Midwest Ballet has accepted an invitation to become the resident dance company of the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center, slated to open in 2019 in downtown Council Bluffs. The new arts center will provide a state-of-theart facility that will allow the ballet to consolidate its rehearsal, costume and scenic construction, and administrative functions under one roof. It also will give the company access to a fully equipped onsite theater, the Polina and Bob Schlott Performing Arts Center. All of these improvements will let us concentrate even more of our energy on our primary mission: bringing high-quality ballet to the region.

Who is making this possible? Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment (PACE) is the nonprofit organization leading the program in partnership with the Iowa West Foundation. PACE will transform Council Bluffs’ empty Harvester II Building into a destination for art, theater, and entertainment. Funding for the $26.8 million project is in the final stages of the campaign with less than $1 million left to raise in the community campaign. Leadership gifts include a $9 million gift from the Iowa West Foundation, a $2 million gift from Ted and Polly Hoff, a $1 million gift from Polina and Bob Schlott, a $1 million grant from Enhance Iowa and additional major gifts from regional foundations along with the generous support of many community members.

Does this mean you’ll be leaving Omaha? Not at all. We’ll still be performing at the Orpheum Theater, collaborating with Joslyn Art Museum, and working with our community partners including Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Omaha Public Schools, and numerous social service agencies. We’ve been active in both Nebraska and Iowa from the very beginning, and the new center will help us maintain and strengthen our activities on both sides of the river. What changes can audiences expect to see? Any changes you’ll see will be positive. While the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center is in development, we’ll keep operating as we have been. Once the new arts center is completed, we’ll move in and start benefiting from its facilities. And we’ll be able to be part of the exciting interdisciplinary and community programs that the center will host with us, other partners, and the community. How can I keep up with what’s happening? We’ll post regular updates on and our Facebook page, and PACE will keep the community informed on the overall project. We look forward to having all of our supporters with us as we take this exciting next step in our growth as the region’s resident professional dance company.


mquarterly • summer 2018


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