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Learn more about art in one-hour presentations by regional experts. FREE and open to the public.

Doris Ourecky: Czech Christmas Customs
Wednesday, December 20 • 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a seasonal celebration of Czech Christmas Customs with the President of the Wilbur Czech Museum, Doris Ourecky. She has been an active member of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilbur since its inception 56 years ago. Accompanying her will be Sue Placek, the museum’s kroje curator and a third generation accordion player. Sample some houska and Becherovka, and get into the spirit of Christmas, Czech style!


Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or reading about Nebraska or art are welcome to these free sessions, and may join at any time.

1st Tuesdays • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
MONA’s Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center

December 5 – Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keefe by Dawn Tripp
January 9, 2018 (2nd Tue due to holiday) – Blizzard 1949 by Roy V. Alleman


MONA Showcase is a five-program evening series featuring talented visual, performing, and literary artists held once a month in October, November, December, February, and March. Each program is 7:00-8:00 p.m., followed by conversation, art viewing, and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

7:00-8:00 p.m.

December 14 – UNK Collegium
January 25 – UNK Strings and Dance Collaboration
February 15 – Thornton String Quartet
March 15 – UNK Chamber Orchestra


MONA volunteer docents lead tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to K-12 student and adult groups. They receive training on MONA’s collection, art history, and teaching and learning strategies. Candidates should enjoy interacting with groups of all ages and must have time available during the week to give tours. Training is weekly in August for an 8-10 week period. Docents are expected to make a two-year commitment, give a minimum of eight tours per year, and attend all training sessions.

Admission to the Program
 – To apply to the Docent Training Program, please email a one-page letter of interest to Director of Education, Jackie Abell, at Your letter of interest should explain why you would like to be a MONA docent as well as your interest in art, any teaching experience, and any other relevant skills (e.g., bilingual abilities).


Watch recordings of past MONA Programs at iTunes.

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Museum of Nebraska Art
2401 Central Ave.
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 865-8559