The Center's mission is to foster study of the people and environment of the Great Plains and manage the Great Plains Art Museum
The Center for Great Plains Studies is a research, teaching and outreach program established in 1976 at the University of Nebraska to foster the study and enhance appreciation of the history, peoples, environment and creative spirit of the Great Plains of North America.
A sparsely-populated region with highly variable weather set against grassy, rolling land, the region invites inquiry into the relationships between its natural environment and the cultures brought to it by its various inhabitants, as scholars and residents work both to preserve healthy eco-systems and build thriving human communities.
The Center operates the Great Plains Art Museum, which features historical and contemporary art exhibitions, and publishes the humanities journal Great Plains Quarterly and the science journal Great Plains Research. The Center also offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, free public lectures by distinguished scholars, and interdisciplinary symposia on drought, bison, immigration, school consolidation and other topics vital to the Plains.