Early on it was decided the initiative would not take the form of a formal organization. Instead, volunteer committees, work groups, existing community organizations, and most importantly, private citizens, would come together to agree upon a common vision, establish priorities, and communicate progress toward achieving the prioritized goals to improve Nebraska City.
This community art project, known now as “An Enchanted Arboretum,” was selected as the top priority with input from the community by the initiative. Now with financial support from community foundations and local civic organizations, the initiative takes the next steps forward to welcome professional and emerging artists to take part in creating an artful forest in the hometown of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. In the end, 25 six-foot art trees add to the splendor that is Nebraska City.