The arts play an important role in the lives of Norfolk citizens, as a myriad of volunteer organizations work to bring the best in sights and sounds to life. Thanks to the Norfolk Area Concert Association, a season of musical performances, ranging from concert pianists to harmony quartets to traveling orchestras fill the 1,234 seats in the Johnny Carson Theatre. The Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble adds to the good times. The musically gifted are encouraged to join the Northeast Area College Community Band, the Men’s Chorus or the Northeast Nebraska Women Singers with the proceeds from these performances usually going to benefit non-profit causes.
The Norfolk Community Theatre extends the chance for residents and college students to perform such well-known plays as Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and George Kaufman’s and Moss Hart’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”
The Northeast Nebraska Art Association encourages visual artists to display their paintings, drawings and sculptures. The Norfolk Arts Center—a $1.7 million classroom, gallery and outdoor sculpture garden—provides plenty of inspiration to budding artists.
The good times also continue late into the evenings, in the dance clubs, sports bars, country club ballrooms and upscale restaurants throughout Norfolk.