Letter from the Director

It was a busy spring but somewhat quieter summer at WhyArts?….
  • On June 2 Mike Giron and youth from Youth Emergency Services dedicated the mural celebrating the expanded gardens at Together Inc.
  • Then Mike and Jennifer Radil turned the focus to painting a recreation building at Benson Park, drawing attention to the new accessible playground at the park.
  • Visual artists continued their workshops with the middle schools and artists led a variety of arts workshops at the Jewish Community Center, Corrigan Senior Center, Completely Kids , NorthStar, Kids Can and other locations.
  • Heartland Family Services provided a variety of arts opportunities:  Family Nights on the North Omaha Intergenerational Campus,  workshops at Youth Links and Solomon Girls Center, trainings with staff in early childhood activities, and one- on-one workshops with other programs.
Now it is Fall!   Special projects will include writing and performing the Founder’s Play for Immanuel Communities,  working with 10 senior communities to create artwork to be exhibited at the Leading Age conference in October, residencies at Educare of Omaha, Quality Living Inc and VODEC, a series of workshops at Hot Shops for QLI, MOSAIC, VODEC, extensive after-school programming across the community, expanded arts programming with Heartland Family Service…and more community arts projects!
Our core of professional artists is strong– and working together to strengthen their programing and workshops techniques.  We have new instruments, puppets, art supplies, story books ,and shared ideas…and ways to have fun and be creative through the arts!
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About Why Arts

WHY ARTS was created to assure that visual and performing arts experiences in Omaha would be open to people of all ages and abilities.
Access to the arts is achieved when all people have equal opportunity to attend, participate in, and learn through arts experiences. WHY ARTS encourages arts organizations and individual artists to create or enhance inclusive education programming and opportunities. We also support artists with disabilities through mentoring and educational programming and through direct grants.

The goals of WHY ARTS are to:
Enable more people of all ages with disabilities to experience social, cognitive, and cultural development through arts learning alongside their peers without disabilities; create educational access and inclusion in the arts for students with disabilities; and provide social service agencies and arts organizations the tools they need to make inclusive education and artistic experiences available. Inclusive programs are those which have participants with and without disabilities interacting in activities together to create awareness, understanding, and respect. To create inclusive learning environments, accessible education programs engage students with and without disabilities by incorporating approaches accommodating a range of abilities, learning styles, and skills.
Everyone is welcome to work with us through advocacy, volunteering, and financial support for our programming. Join us!

Non-Discrimination Policy: WhyArts? inc does not discriminate on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, military service or gender in any of the arts activities we provide to the community. Additionally, we no not discriminate in contracting with artists or individuals providing services to WhyArts?.

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WhyArts is supported by Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.