University of Nebraska: Sustainability
We believe that sustainability was a realistic goal for certain parts of our Creative Campus project, but not others. The relationships that we built during the project are bound to pay dividends in the future, although without additional dedicated funding, it is not possible to continue the level of activity that was possible during the Troika Ranch residency.
- We feel that the Community Collaborative Academy has the potential of becoming a sustainable project with long-term impact. At the moment, the Lied Center is paying Teaching Artists to deliver sessions with children in summer school programs, which is not sustainable unless we secure further funding. However, these collaborations are very attractive to other funders, and the programs fit in to the Lied’s current portfolio of work, which places a high emphasis on training and supporting Teaching Artists. If we are not able to keep the current structure in place due to lack of funding, we could tap into our resources at the University (talented, dedicated and trained students) who could deliver performing art sessions as volunteers in the venues where we have established partnerships, mentored by experienced Teaching Artists. We are piloting this model for our Generation Jazz project in 2009-10, and if successful, we would be able to apply it to future Community Collaborative Academies. This would mean that costs to the Lied Center, beyond staff time, would be minimal and cold be covered through existing budget provisions.
- The collaboration with the University Academy and summer dance class may not be sustainable parts of the project, as they rely on extra funding for teachers’ salaries, as well as extensive administration efforts beyond the expertise of Lied Center staff. These efforts may continue, however, due to the work of Hixson, Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts, particularly Dean Oliva. The Lied’s role could be as a resource for engaging interesting and suitable artists.
- The partnership that has been established with the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center has the potential of becoming sustainable, since it does not rely on money, but rather a mutually beneficial sharing of resources. We plan to team up again for suitable performances, to provide Ross audiences a chance to interact with Lied artists, and the Lied Center the chance to promote relevant performances and events to Ross clients.