Community Studio

From Classroom to Community

Community Studio is an interdisciplinary, community-centric project engaging students in civic action in their rural towns. Community Studio aims to foster critical thinkers and mindful citizens who play an active role in the civics that shape their rural communities. The program works within the classroom to provide a platform for small town revitalization through youth empowerment.

Community Studio began in 2013 in rural Northeast Nebraska. In collaboration through the senior government class at Lyons-Decatur Northeast school in Lyons, Nebraska, students design and implement self-directed projects to positively affect either the Decatur (pop. 462) or Lyons (pop. 851) community.

Hands-On Engagement

Students learn the basics of place-based practice, understanding local government, concept development, fundraising, public speaking, and time and project management. By providing these necessary tools to turn their ideas into reality, students apply these skills within hands-on initiatives. Their projects mimic the processes integral to effective civic action, preparing students for post-graduation citizen engagement.


Student Projects

2016-17 Team

2017-18 Team


Senior Spotlight Tonight on Main Street

If you want to experience the story of our senior citizens, then come to Lyons, Nebraska Main Street at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 15th. This is a project for the senior government class of this year to interview senior citizens from either Lyons or Decatur in hopes to learn more about their life and […]

Fire hall appreciation

     In lyons about them how they  don’t have time to hesitate when they think of everything that can go wrong. Not only do firefighters save people from burning buildings, but  they also go on emergency calls such as heart attacks, respiratory problems, any other medical problems, or just to help save stuck or trapped animals. […]

Lyons Literary Night and “Community Dialogue”

I have endeavored to create community-centered events aiming to empower community members to think beyond their limits, understanding how their voices can truly make a positive impact from their small Nebraska town. My events, collectively titled “Rural Voices”, have included Lyons Literary Night and Community Dialogue.  Lyons Literary Night was focused around having individuals share literature and […]

Film Project

Our project is to create a movement for beginning film enthusiast around the community. We created a workshop to describe how stop motion works. We also planned on having the film enthusiast create a stop motion video with legos that we had brought. We also had free food and drinks that we gave out at […]