ACP Students Take Creative Journeys with Help from WhyArts

Telling an African folk tale with puppets. Writing a radio play based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Developing heroic characters through props and improvisation. These are just a few of the learning adventures Alternative Curriculum Program (ACP) students at Omaha Public Schools (OPS) experienced this fall via Journeys 2, a WhyArts diversability project.

WhyArts artists Kim Clark-Kazmarek, Nils Haaland, Bill Hoover, Josh Mullady, Michele Phillips and Courtney Stein used theatre, movement, music, visual art and the written word to take ACP students from five OPS schools and the OPS Transition Program on a series of creative trips in five workshops. The visual art created through the project will be on display at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Dec. 4-11.

The participating OPS sites are listed below. Click on the links to what learning opportunities took place at each site.

The Journeys 2 project was made possible by funding from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Pictured below: canvases created by the students that tell the story of their journeys.