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Feb. 14

Feb. 14, 2019


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

MCC receives grant from National Endowment for the Arts

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has received a $10,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019 performances of PlayFest.

The NEA funding will support the festival of three community based plays with emphasis on a play titled “EPIC”, by Omaha playwright Ellen Struve. “EPIC” will explore South Omaha’s diverse artistic community through a time bending journey of the ancient Mayan stories of the Popol Vuh. The play was developed in collaboration with the Mayan immigrant population in partnership with Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, the Abstract Mindz artist collective and the South Omaha Mural Project.

PlayFest will take place May 26-June 1, 2019. All performance are free and open to the public. For more performance dates, locations and times please visit

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grant making, and will award 972 grants in this category.


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.