Kearney Creates website encourages us to reflect on our community and its culture – how we got here and where we’re going, the community’s past and present, our work and recreation, early pioneer exploration and today’s technological advances. Though we originally thought of the project as a definite print survey, we soon discovered more and more information about our artists and their creative environments that could not be contained in a one-shot, exhibition. So we shifted to a website platform to accommodate the transformative character of our artists and the Kearney community. We have now created an ongoing production to include periodically new artistic entries, new contributors, new images of Kearney’s artistic life.
At this point Kearney Creates offers a fairly wide-ranging view of its community arts - their unique and extraordinary presentations celebrate and chronicle their development from pioneer times to today. The site covers many Kearney cultural activities; Art - painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media; Music - musicians, orchestras, bands, instrumentalists, vocalists, groups, venues, stages, production companies; Literature - writers, poets, essayists, fiction writers, naturalists, journalists, teachers.
The current Editorial Board is comprised of the following volunteers; Chuck Peek - Editor in Chief, Kate Benzel - Managing Editor, Jerry Fox - Art Editor, Terry Sinnard - Music Editor, and Nathan Tye - Archivist/Historian. There is also a growing list of contributing authors including Broc Anderson, Steve Bennett, Javier Fox, Pat Jones, and Terry Lee Schifferns. Each of these people bring an immense expanse of experience in practicing and supporting the arts, many of them with long ties to our community, its history, its institutions, and its culture. Kelly Nowicki, our Webmaster has created this website platform for our purposes in preserving and presenting Kearneys arts. Because of his unique skills we now have an interactive platform whereby visitors can engage with artists and their works, can hear their music and reading performances, and read their writings.
In the future we will have new guest contributors and announcements, upcoming articles, presentations and performances. In other words this website is indeed a living document of Kearney’s artistic culture.