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ENTREPRENEUR FEATURES

LETURA IDIGIMA

Photographer, Art Bus LNK

Letura Idigima is an entrepreneur and artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Letura quit her full-time job at Lincoln Public Schools to pursue a career in photography. She now shoots weddings across the midwest, but that did not end her work to inspire creativity in the Lincoln community.

In June of 2020, Letura launched her non-profit Art Bus LNK as the first mobile art studio in this community. The mission of Art Bus LNK is to allow access to art to the youth of Lincoln.

The idea of Art Bus LNK started when Letura Idigima reached out to the youth community. She surveyed students asking about what community-provided resources they felt were lacking in Lincoln. After finding out many of these young artists had limited or no access to art supplies, Letura began dreaming about the possibility of a free mobile art studio for students.

Art Bus focuses on providing a free opportunity for youth to create & heal through art. After two years of interviews, fundraising, and endless support from the community, we were able to find the perfect bus. We are now preparing for our launch at the beginning of July. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this dream become a reality!

HAKIM

Our Society LLC, Corn Coast Co.

Khaleefa Muhammad, more commonly known as HAKIM, is the hottest rising musician out of Nebraska. Starting his rap career in 2014, HAKIM founded his own recording label called Our Society LLC, which works to create a culture through music and fashion in Nebraska.

He’s notorious for pioneering and taking creative risks for the greater good. Along with his music career, HAKIM runs a barber shop and fashion line in Lincoln called Corn Coast Co.

THE COMMONWEALTH

Interviewer

The Commonwealth is a Nebraska-based media organization that highlights disruptive leadership. They have interviewed changemakers within organizations like Project Runway, Microsoft, Disney and the X Games. Hear from these leaders throughout Lincoln Calling and every Monday morning by subscribing here.

PODCAST FEATURES

THE KUALDOM SPEECH

Podcast

The Kualdom Speech is a Lincoln, Nebraska based podcast that discusses different topics and happenings to raise awareness in the community, nation, and worldwide. We also answer fan questions and address their concerns, so their voices are also heard!

The Kualdom Speech is a production of Kualdom Creations, which is a media production company headquartered in Lincoln, NE.

MUSIC EDUCATION

SATURDAY, OCT. 3   TURBINE FLATS STREAM   6-7 PM

FINDING THE RIGHT SOUND IN THE STUDIO

MODERATED BY SCOTT SCHOLZ, LINCOLN CITY LIBRARIES, POLLEY MUSIC LIBRARY

JAMES FLEEGE

Silver Street

James Fleege is the Lead Producer and Engineer at Silver Street – a music agency and recording studio located in Ashland, NE. Originally from Lincoln, James spent time working as an engineer and guitarist in the Nashville and New York City music scenes, and attended the Berklee College of Music before returning to Nebraska in 2014. During his time at Silver Street, James has produced music for several regional and international artists, and also has produced music for various brand’s national ad campaigns. James currently plays bass with Myles Jasnowski, Steady Wells, and The House Band. When not at the studio, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, kayaking, and camping – or any combination of the 3 – and is a tireless supporter of the Milwaukee Bucks who are irrefutably the top team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

JEREMY WURST

Coyote Face Recording

Jeremy is a freelance producer, mixer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Lincoln NE.

He has collaborated with artists including Tigerwine, Evan Bartels, Minor Movements, Salt Creek, Antlerhead, The Seafloor Cinema, blèt, Domestica, Death Cow and more.

He has also worked alongside some extraordinary engineers and producers such as Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Basement, Hundredth), Don Gunn (King Crimson, Death Cab, Peter Frampton), Joe Johnston (Deftones, Cake, Dance Gavin Dance) Josh Benton (Eidola, A Lot Like Birds, Hail the Sun) and many more. Years of experience recording and mixing has allowed him to freelance in professional studios all over the country.

Jeremey is currently based out of Lincoln, NE working out of his primary space, The Coyote Room. The room is personally designed to match the intuitive workflow, but also be conducive to creativity and features some choice pieces of gear the space has acquired throughout the years.

KEITH RODGER

Make Believe Studios

“Make Believe Studios is a full state-of-the-art flagship recording studio based out of Omaha, Nebraska. It was started by a great team of young, aspiring engineers and musicians. Over 10 years, we have grown to do some very incredible work for the music and television industries. We just have one goal; we want to make the best possible creative endeavors with our friends. It took us a long time to achieve that but we finally made it and have been flying high for a while now.

My official position at Make Believe is Chief Recording Engineer. I welcome in clients, get them comfortable, set up some instruments, microphones, and all that. Then, I sit there with them and record, edit, arrange, and sometimes produce records. A day in the life is very laid back for the most part but it does require quite a bit of time. Sometimes we’ll have a client visiting to work on their record and they rent the studio for two weeks, so I’ll come into the studio and be there for 16 hours. A lot of it is trying to fuel the creative side of our brains to harness and document some of our best ideas into sonic art. It sounds fun but sometimes it’s very difficult because sound is so imperfect. Some people spend their lives trying to make perfection out of it and that’s an almost impossible thing to do.”

DOUG VAN SLOUN

Focus Engineering

Doug Van Sloun is a Mastering Engineer with over 21 years of professional experience. He founded Focus Mastering in 2007, and his latest state-of-the-art studio was dedicated in 2018.

Van Sloun has mastered over 3500 projects, including a Grammy-nominated album and many gold and platinum award-winning albums by artists across the United States and around the world. He also worked on many of the highly regarded albums released by Saddle Creek Records.

After a two year recording education, Van Sloun landed his first studio job at the legendary Sound Recorders of Omaha, Nebraska — home of epic successes C.W. McCall and Mannheim Streamroller. His early experience included commercial and music production, editing, voiceover and location recording, as well as audio for video. At Sound Recorders he began CD pre-mastering and editing compilations, learning the most advanced digital audio workstation at the time, along with the specialized hardware needed for CD mastering.

Focus Mastering is named for Van Sloun’s dedication to that part of the recording process. His focus is on mastering, on the artist and their music. He works to make their music sound its best in any environment and to connect the listener with the song. A musician himself, he’s always tinkering to get the most out of equipment and is uniquely sensitive to the artist/engineer relationship. His clients rave that beyond his talents he is thoughtful, inspiring and considerate, with an ear towards musicality.

Outside the studio, Doug treasures time with his wife Dawn, loves getting together with friends, running, and roots for the Kansas City Royals.

INNOVATION + FASHION

with the UNL DEPARTMENT OF TEXTILES, MERCHANDISING & FASHION DESIGN

APPAREL INDUSTRY AND THE “NEXT NORMAL”

Surviving the Pandemic and Looking to the Future

PANEL MODERATOR: Michael Burton, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

VIRTUAL MODERATOR: Mary Alice Casto, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

NICK HUDSON

Omaha Fashion Week

BROOK HUDSON

Omaha Fashion Week

KATE BETTS

Fashion Journalist

MEGHAN EHRKE

Select Style

SCOTT BOWEN

Signs & Shapes

BROOKE MULLEN

Sapahn

CARIE BRUSS

Duncan Aviation

KRISTI VRTISKA

The Buckle

CHRIS HUGHES

Artifact Bag

THE ENDS OF INDUSTRY?

Sustainable Fashion and Corporate Social Responsibility

PANEL MODERATOR: Sandra Starkey, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

VIRTUAL MODERATOR: Claire Nicholas, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

ABBY GROSS

CHANT

ROBERT WELLS

Brown Sheep Company

CHRIS HUGHES

Artifact Bag

GAGE MRUZ

Greenstain

YIQI YANG

UNL TMFD

FASHIONING THE FUTURE

Innovation and the Apparel Industry

PANEL MODERATOR: Jennifer Johnson Jorgensen, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

VIRTUAL MODERATOR: Andrew Zimbroff, Assistant Professor, UNL TMFD

SCOTT BOWEN

Signs & Shapes

RACHEL BROWN SHEEHY

JCPenney

CARIE BRUSS

Duncan Aviation

ABBY GROSS

CHANT

KRISTI VRTISKA

The Buckle

INNOVATION/ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOPS

MUSIC. ART. INNOVATION.