Marketing Grant

From Nebraska Tourism Commission

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February 1, 2019

Brownville Cultural Center receives Marketing Grant

from Nebraska Tourism Commission

Brownville, NE, February 1, 2019– The Brownville Cultural Center receives marketing grant against tough competition.

 The Brownville Cultural Center (BCC) is pleased to announce the recent award of a Nebraska Tourism Commission Marketing grant. BCC President, Kathy McKillip, shared,” We are excited and humbled that as a new nonprofit that we can share our success with the Village of Brownville by promoting the areas offerings. It was an extremely competitive process and we are honored to have been selected. We would like to thank the Commission for providing these grant programs.” 

The Nebraska Tourism Commission was awarded $3,795.00 to be utilized to promote Brownville within the national Group Tours market. Grant administrator Heather Hogue was pleased to share with the organization, “The Commission’s marketing grant programs are very competitive and involve a selection committee of grant reviewers from the private/ public sectors and citizens at large. This year we received an extraordinarily large number of applicants. We are pleased that the Brownville Cultural Center was awarded funds to further their tourism marketing goals.” The Commission received more than 76 applications for funds available. The Commission’s grant funds will be used to participate in the Commission’s Leads generation program and market towards national group tour operators. In addition, BCC will be part of an enhanced exposure surge on social media platforms.

The Brownville Cultural Center (BCC) was created to provide a cultural focal point for arts serving youth and adults.  A new opportunity in 2019 is the BCC Summer Stock Internship Program for hospitality/culinary students from accredited colleges. The BCC also partners with Southeast Community College to host Leisure Learning courses throughout the year in Brownville. Information regarding both programs can be found on the website, www.brownvilleculturalcenter.comunder “news and announcements”. The BCC offers a broad range of art application and educational opportunities for people in Southeastern Nebraska, Southwestern Iowa, Northwest Missouri, and Northeastern Kansas, including the Metropolitan areas, with an enhanced focus towards rural outreach. The BCC believes that there is an artist in everyone, and the purpose of the BCC is to provide a variety of opportunities to experience and embrace all forms of art genres including but not limited to visual, performing, fine art, history, culinary and cultural exploration. 

Resident Artist and BCC Board Member, Jim Aden stated, “We are thrilled to receive such recognition and an awarded grant from the State of Nebraska. We continue to look forward in working with the Tourism Commission and other local and regional entities, so as together, furthering the mission and vision of the organization while promoting the unique offerings of Brownville.”

An event soon coming up for youth interested in theatre will be the Brownville Village Theatre youth workshop scheduled for March 7-9, 2019. Mitch Bean, BCC board member shares,” This is the second year in providing the workshop, we were very pleased with all the interest and support and look forward to hosting even more young talent.  We are thrilled to bring this opportunity not only for the youth within the region but also for the community. It is this collaborative spirit and partnered activities that we are so proud of within the BCC.”

A Village of only 126 residents (State of Nebraska 2015), Brownville is Nebraska’s oldest community established in 1854. It is home to more than seven museums, the Steam Boat Trace Trail, Nebraska’s oldest Repertory Theatre – Brownville Village Theatre, Whiskey Creek Winery, Brownville Concert Hall and the River Inn Resort – Spirit of Brownville.

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Leisure Learning Classes in Brownville NE

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Brownville Cultural Center Partners with Southeast Community College to host Fall Leisure Learning Classes

Brownville, NE, August 28, 2018– The Brownville Cultural Center along with Southeast Community College Learning Center at Nebraska City have partnered up to host classes in Brownville!

River View Glass owner, Jim Aden shares, “When conducting demonstrations for the visitors in Brownville, so many times I have been asked how one goes about taking classes or learns more about the artform. There is a definite need here in Brownville to host such personal interest courses and I am pleased that the Brownville Cultural Center and the Learning Center in Nebraska City have established this relationship with Brownville as a remote location.” 

 Brownville Cultural Center Chair, Kathy McKillip, adds “This is our first session and we will be offering ten classes, learning opportunities here in Brownville, we are thrilled! These courses are a great way to share with others new skills, emerging arts, unearthing hidden talents, and re-connecting with time forgotten through the arts and culinary exploration. Lessons about history and nature never grow old and re-discovering a new appreciation or understanding about a topic matter is what the Brownville Cultural Center is all about.  It is a perfect blend of utilizing the arts, history, culture and more, which essentially is what Brownville represents and has stood for since 1854, the first Cultural Outpost of the West, if you will.”

Brownville Village Theatre artistic director Mitch Bean stated, “We are especially proud of the new opportunities that the theatre has presented and will continue to host throughout the year. We are offering youth and adult workshops year-round. In addition, we will be presenting Willa Cather’s, “A Resurrection” during Old Time Autumn and we are looking forward to presenting a Holiday show as well. The theatre is such an integral part of the art scene in Brownville and plays an important role in the Village history as well. We are so very pleased to be partnering with the Brownville Cultural Center on several projects including the Fall 2018 Leisure Learning courses.”

McKillip added “When we first considered doing this, we were unsure how the relationship with SCC would work or what it would look like. Working with Cindy Meyer at the SCC Nebraska City Learning Center has been an amazing experience, she is so good at what she does and has been a joy to work with. She is so enthusiastic, supportive and truly interested in encouraging us to host these opportunities throughout the Village of Brownville.”

Courses have recently been released via the Learning Center at Nebraska City catalog and is also available for viewing on line at review all offerings being provided this fall, or visit www.brownvilleculturalcenter.comto learn more about Brownville and other events and activities.

Classes can vary from fitness to software, cooking to painting, thrifting to antiquing, mind and body spiritual renewal to music and fiber arts.  The classes being offered this fall session in Brownville include pasta making from scratch, yoga in the outdoors, introduction to stage acting, historic walking tours, creation of functional glass object, in addition to backyard birding and writing.

As a Village of only 124 residents (2015 State of Nebraska), Brownville is Nebraska’s oldest community established in 1854. It is home to more than seven museums, the Steam Boat Trace Trail, Nebraska’s oldest Repertory Theatre, Whiskey Creek Winery, the Brownville Concert Hall, The River Inn Resort, and the Brownville Cultural Center.

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