(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 Scottsbuff and Gering 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 Scottsbluff/Gering. Read them below:
Ancova Empowerment Project seeks to help Scottsbluff’s at-risk youth with art and project-based learning | story by Chance Solem-Pfeifer | photos by Chris Dinan
Scottsbluff-based musician, composer and filmmaker Dave Calkins holds a lifelong passion for teaching and mental health. His fledgling nonprofit, Ancova Empowerment Project, aims to give youth facing behavioral, legal or economic obstacles a guided creative outlet.
Midwest Theater: Anchoring the Scottsbluff Arts Community | story by Andrew Stellmon | photos by Bridget McQuillan & Bridget McQuillan
From the diverse, community-oriented programming to the charming decor, the Midwest Theater stands as a crown jewel of the arts in downtown Scottsbluff.
Video: Bridget McQuillan, Chris Dinan
Edit: Chris Dinan
Interview: Andrew Norman
Animation: Bryan Findell
Song: “Ogallala Aquifer” by McCarthy Trenching