If you have followed this blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of community public art displays.  Last year, my kids and I visited all of the Doorways to Hope project – 21 symbols of hope across the Capital City.  This year Lincoln is displaying a new symbol – oversized decorated light bulbs that can be found all across town.  Trying to see all of these displays may take a bit more time since there are well over twice as many on display.  But I think we are up for the challenge.

Why are these light bulbs suddenly popping up all around Lincoln, Nebraska?  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Lighthouse.  This family and community outreach center has been lighting up the lives of many in the community for twenty-five years.  That is an impact worth celebrating.

Illuminating Lincoln Lighthouse at the Lighthouse

The Lighthouse reaches out to the Lincoln community in a variety of ways.

  1. Education
  2. Enrichment Opportunities
  3. Healthy Bodies
  4. Community Involvement
  5. Special Events

The more I read all about their programs, the more I was impressed with the positive difference that they are making in the lives of youth.  With the focus of education, they are wanting to be a part of the process of training young adults to make their own positive impact in the future.  By caring about these teenagers and being involved in their lives, positive change can happen.

These Lighthouse Public Art Project “sculptures” can be seen around Lincoln through September 2015.  Soon after, the light bulbs will be auctioned off to benefit the very place that was their inspiration.  The Lighthouse will also have an official celebration event later on. To learn more about the reasons they are celebrating, please watch the video here.

P.S. As my kids and I trek around town to see all of the light bulbs, I plan on capturing them all on film.  If you live in the Lincoln area, pay attention to their locations. Throughout the summer I will be posting visual “scavenger hunts” where you will be able to identify where throughout Nebraska’s capital city the light bulbs are located.

Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.