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Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC receives grant from Nebraska Arts Council

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has received a $1,900 grant from the Nebraska Arts Council. The grant will support the music ensemble Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance for two live musical performances. The group will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St., and 6:30-8 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.

Presented as chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano and percussion), the Of Ebony Embers performance celebrates the lives of great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of the legendary artist and Nebraska-educated Aaron Douglas.

Nebraska Arts Council executive director Suzanne Wise commented, “MCC contributes a great deal to advancement of the arts in Omaha. We commend the work being done by organizations such as MCC because the arts are important to the education and quality of life for all Nebraskans.”

Both musical performances are free and open to the public.

About the Nebraska Arts Council

Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more, visit


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.