Community Art

Girl Noticed

23rd and N Street

The City of Lincoln, in partnership with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services, brought the “Girl Noticed” mural project to Lincoln in  2016.  Artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan set a goal of creating  “Girl Noticed” murals in all 50 states, focusing on the “hidden strength and importance of women in our society.” Lincoln’s “Girl Noticed” project is on the back of Health 360 Clinic at 23rd and O St.  This was the perfect location to display the hidden strengths and importance of refugee women who have settled in this area.  Nominations were accepted and more than 30 girls and women submitted their stories.  Click here to view a time-lapse.

The mural depicts two women who came to Lincoln as refugees, decades apart.  Haifaa Al-Saadi, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and plans to become an art therapist.  She was born in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, and came to the U.S. at age 2, after her parents fled their home country of Iraq.  Thuy Nguyen is the owner of Little Saigon Plaza on N. 27th Street.  She came to the U.S. 40 years ago as a refugee from Vietnam and celebrated 25 years in business on North 27th Street in 2017.

Take a ride down N Street and see the beautiful “Girls Noticed.” You will be inspired!  For more information, visit

Clinton Community Mural

27th & Holdrege Streets

This mural is a compilation of drawings done by students of Clinton Elementary School, led by their teacher Lucy McHugh. The images represent the children’s pride in their families, home and neighborhood. The local artists who designed and painted the mural were Gail Erickson, Troy Hettenbaugh, and Leora Platte. This project was sponsored by NeighborWorks Lincoln, Woods Charitable Fund and the City of Lincoln. The project was completed in July 2008.

La Ilucion

13th & E Streets

This mural illustrates the many growing Latin cultures in our city. The central icon, the sugar skull, is a traditional symbol honoring ancestry and Latin roots. Other recognizable images include the Brazilian landmark statue, Christ the Redeemer and Angel Falls in Venezuela. The classic Mayan temple on the hillside represents the pride and power of the ancient indigenous peoples. Representing the United States and Mexico, the bald eagle and the golden eagle join to symbolize the unity for which our community strives. Local artists Leora Platte, Gail Erickson, and Troy Hettenbaugh designed and painted the mural. This project was sponsored by NeighborWorks Lincoln and the City of Lincoln in October 2008.

The Two Elephants and the Kingfisher Near the Lotus Blossom Sea

27th & T Streets

This painting is a gift to the community of Lincoln and its’ residents from Asia who have made Lincoln, Nebraska their new home in the United States. Wendy Jane Bantam, who originally started the Community Mural Project in Kansas, listened to stories of people from all parts of Asia. Together they created a painting reminiscent of homeland with new hope for the future and freedom of a new life.

The two elephants in the bamboo forest represent those who traveled from their home in the mountains. Elephants, the shape and color of rain clouds, were believed to be responsible for watering the fields, and hold the symbolism of royalty, power, wisdom and longevity.

The small, shy bird, the Kingfisher, is found along the waterways of Asia. Territorial and protective, in myth it flew over the sun to reach the heavens and scan the waters. As a result, its’ breast turned red and it’s back turned as blue as the sky.

The idea of enlightenment is symbolized by the life cycle of the lotus. Lotus begins life humbly in the mud of ponds, but soon grows and sends stems and flowers well above the surface of the water showing the path of spiritual enfolding. The lotus is transcendence, rebirth, and beauty.

For those whose homes were near the sea, we painted the sea full of life. The sea is abundant in food, and a road to new frontiers.

In teaching people to tell their story, giving the tools and the freedom to do so, and the venue to be heard and seen, we worked alongside each other to build and create. In doing so, we build a stronger, more tightly woven and impenetrable understanding of one another’s dreams and hopes by painting them.

‘VOTE’ Mural

9th & O Streets

In an effort to encourage citizens to vote and register new voters, NeighborWorks Lincoln teamed up with So-Oh Fine Art to bring mural artist Clark Clark to Lincoln on Saturday, October 30, 2008 and invited the public to watch his performance art mural painting. Clark and a New York Post photographer stopped in Lincoln on their way from the Democratic National Convention to the Republican National Convention in order to paint the “VOTE” mural to encourage people to get out and vote.

NeighborWorks Lincoln has organized voter registration drives and will continue to register voters at many community events scheduled in 2011 located in the older neighborhoods.

Everett Community Mural

11th & B Streets

The Everett School Mural Project was inspired by Everett Elementary School students who studied mural history, architecture and city planning with their art teacher Joan Phelan. Students worked with artist, Allison Fees, to design and paint the mural. The mural project exhibits the rich historic urban area surrounding the state capitol from day light to night time. Everett students take pride in their community which is illustrated in this project. It is their hope that this mural brings the same joy to the neighborhood as it has given them. The project was completed in May 2010. The Everett mural was sponsored by Nebraska Arts Council, NeighborWorks Lincoln and the City of Lincoln.

Community Tree Mural

27th & Holdrege Streets
The ‘Tree of Hope’ mural was sponsored by Nebraska Arts Council, Neighborworks Lincoln, the City of Lincoln, and Clinton Community Learning Center. The mural represents the darkness of night and the light of morning. The brightness represents the light of morning and hope for a new day. Clinton Elementary students involved with the 2011 Community Learning Center Summer Camp worked with artist Allison Fees to design and paint the mural. The ages of students ranged 5 to 10 years. Working on this mural provided an opportunity for children of different cultures and languages to work together. The collaboration further instilled pride in the Clinton neighborhood and school community. The mural was completed in July 2011.

Opening Doors in Our Community

NeighborWorks Lincoln is a non-profit organization dedicated to community revitalization through an active partnership of resident leaders, private businesses and public officials. We open doors for people to achieve their dreams of home ownership and for others who desire a safe and attractive neighborhood.

I wasn’t sure how to move forward, but then I heard about NeighborWorks. It is truly an amazing program…I hope more people use this great service to help themselves and to help Lincoln look better. Thanks, NWL!

– Jesse E.
NeighborWorks Lincoln

NeighborWorks Lincoln