Experience Nebraska: Nebraska City | Good Living Tour 2015

(Editor’s note: the following Good Living Tour video was produced in part thanks to our sponsors — Center for Rural Affairs, Pinnacle Bank, Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.)

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In June 2015, a team of Hear Nebraska journalists visited nine Greater Nebraska communities as part of HN’s Good Living Tour. Along the way, we interviewed young residents to hear, in their own words, what makes their community a distinctly attractive place to live, work and play.

Here’s what the residents of West Point had to say:

On that same trip, our Good Living Tour storytelling crew interviewed local musicians, venue operators, musical entrepreneurs and young professionals, all dedicated to cultivating the arts in their communities. Our editorial team produced two features from the trip to Nebraska City. Read them below:

Nebraska City Barbershop Choir Strikes Community Chord | story by Andrew Stellmon | photo by Nickolai Hammar

Since co-founding the Apple Corps barbershop choir in the mid-1980s, Dr Dean Thomson has led the dedicated group of male vocalists in inclusive, community-oriented performances and endeavors.

Keys For Kids and the privilege-meets-necessity of student instruments | story by Chance Solem-Pfeifer | photo by Chris Dinan

Think of the dusty instrument case in your basement, the one you’ve considered discarding for years. A Nebraska City high school musician has started a program around refurbishing those instruments, lending dozens to students and drastically impacting the lives of shy, struggling kids. Just like she was.

Video credits:
Video: Bridget McQuillan, Chris Dinan
Edit: Chris Dinan
Interview: Andrew Norman
Animation: Bryan Findell
Song: “Ghosts” by John Klemmensen & the Party