Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 W O St, Lincoln, NE 68528
Friday, November 18, 2022
We hope that everyone attends is vaccinated and we can enjoy a safe, enjoyable evening.
2022 Nebraska Performing Arts Induction Ceremony
We are so excited to finally move forward on this night of history, love and amazing Nebraska artists.
Live music performances by inductees: The Wheezetones, and The Fabtones
Literary inductions going to:
Mary Pipher: Pipher is the author of 10 books including her number one New York Times bestseller Reviving Ophelia; and her most recent, Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age.
Ted Kooser: 13th Poet Laureate of the United States, former editor of ‘American Life in Poetry’, Presidential Professor Emeritus at The University of Nebraska, a renown published writer with hundreds of works published and circulated.
The family of William ‘Bill’ Kloefkorn: Kloefkorn was appointed State Poet of Nebraska, a decorated and published writer, as well as professor emeritus of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He was the author of twelve collections of poetry, two short story collections, a collection of children’s Christmas stories, and four memoirs.
Doug Fenton: Former owner of Dietze Music for 5 decades. The retail veteran is the son of one of the original partners, Robert Fenton, who incorporated the company in the ’50s after the Founder, August Dietze, established the full-line music store in 1927 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dave Steen: Songwriter for Ringo Starr, CoCo Montoya, Son Seals and more. To date, Dave Steen’s songs have appeared on various BILLBOARD magazine charts either as singles or album cuts 16 times in a period spanning four decades, beginning in the 1980’s.
Lifetime Achievement Award going to: George Bryan (The Majestics, J. Harrison B, Liberation Blues Band, Cotton Blues Band, Doug Duffey & The Delta Demons aka Barbara Porter & Little Rock, The Mob, Dadd Mack & The Flack)
The Mike Sweeney Community Arts Award/Scholarship: Mike was the kind of guy that always gave back to the community in every way he possibly could. He was a business man and musician. His band ‘Sweeney Stearley’ often played local festivals and events, running alongside some of the areas greatest bands. Mike had an incredible ability to simply make you smile and feel good about life. Mike and his family would want nothing more than to see the legacy of Nebraska music and his legacy live on. We are so excited to team up with his family and give out this Annual Scholarship in Mike’s name, and cement his legacy of joy and music forever in the years to come.