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Happy 2014 from WhyArts?!

Outreach and Inclusion will be key goals for WhyArts? in 2014!

This spring we will be housed in the new Community Engagement Center at UNO, working alongside several other community non-profit organizations; this will enable us to partner with additional organizations as well as utilize the resources of the university!

Two major projects this winter will include the creation of a mural on the back wall of the Tip Top Thrift Shop in Benson as well as working with the poetry initiative of the Nebraska Writers Collective (NWC). The mural will engage WhyArts? artists with four organizations serving individuals with disabilities. Through stories and discussions with participants, the artists and organizations will work under the direction of local mural artist Mike Giron to portray their interests and stories onto a wall of the thrift shop.

Additional WhyArts? artists will work with NWC artists on Louder than a Bomb, a poetry slam being held again this year in local high schools. Special education students in four high schools will work with artists to create and share their own written work in a special presentation for the community this spring.

This winter will also include: a series of dance sessions for adults with developmental disabilities, arts with older adults, a series of art workshops with VODEC at the Hot Shops Art Center, partnering with the theatre group RESPECT in a pilot project at MOSAIC, and a visual arts project through a Kennedy Center grant… and so much more!

Ongoing partnerships and workshops include: St. Augustine Mission School, the Ambassador, seven middle school after-school workshops through Collective for Youth, a residency at Educare of Omaha, and a full schedule of the arts with Completely Kids!

WhyArts? is thankful for the skills and commitment of our very talented artists!

Thank you for your support and confidence in WhyArts?!!

Carolyn