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NEBRASKA BY HEART is a Public Art Project sponsored by Lead Up (formerly Boys Hope Girls Hope) and the Sadie Dog Fund, and is endorsed by the NE 150 Celebration. It will be advertised as a not-to-be-missed component of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial and a destination for millions of appreciative (Nebraska, national and international) visitors!

Creative individuals are encouraged to learn about the benefits – creative and financial – of being a part of this EXCITING statewide Public ArtProject! The first Press Releases were sent (statewide) the week of July 11th, announcing the Call to Nebraska Artists, inviting them to participate in Nebraska By Heart, a Public Art Project featuring 6-foot- tall fiberglass heart sculpture endorsed by the NE 150 Celebration!

The project offers Nebraska Artists an opportunity to use their creative talent and imagination to paint, design and otherwise manipulate and/or add onto the six-foot- tall Heart(which includes the base) for outdoor display, for the most part, on the University of Nebraska- Lincoln East Campus from May 1 to mid October, 2017.

The Sponsoring organizations reflect grass-roots Nebraska values and hope to raise funds and awareness about their goals. Lead Up connects youth to college and career. Through the power of mentoring, peer leadership and academic support, Lead Up transforms the lives of underrepresented students who become drivers of economic development and growth. The Sadie Dog Fund is a Lincoln organization which celebrates the human-animal bond. Through education, prevention and veterinary grants, it works statewide with Nebraska veterinarians to provide the necessary funds to keep dogs, in emergency medical situations or with special needs, alive and in their homes with the families that love them. This offers an alternative to neglect, euthanasia or surrender.

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