Lincoln is Growing, With Arts at the Heart of it.
Opportunities for creative work are expanding in Lincoln, a community poised for continued growth:
Steady population increases to more than 250,000 residents
Big Ten university with a prolific arts college
Unique commitment to public art projects
130 miles of biking, running and commuting trails
More parkland per capita than Austin, Portland and all but a handful of U.S. cities
New is now
Lincoln voted for bigger concerts and events, and now the Pinnacle Bank Arena is here.
Around it, the Historic Haymarket has expanded from being a hotspot to buzzing entertainment district. More restaurants. More options. More fun. What remains the same is the short walk from campus.
Where does Lincoln rank?
Happiest and Healthiest city in Gallups' annual wellbeing index
Best place for business and careers in a Forbes ranking
Top small metro areas in the American Institute for Economic Research's College Destinations Index
Favorite gameday spot in USA Today's Travel's readers' choice ranking
More galleries and ways to play
As the construction cranes promised new venues, existing spaces took new creative turns.
- First Friday Artwalks have put a date on new exhibitions and art connections
- A UNL alumna with a local arts supply shop helped create the Tugboat Gallery, a downtown space for emerging artists
- The reopening of Pinewood Bowl amphitheatre in Pioneers Park for concerts has already attracted bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers
- Summer means new sounds downtown at free-concert Fridays through Hear Lincoln (and Tuesdays for Jazz in June)
- The International Thespian Festival infuses the campus and downtown with a burst of creative energy each summer