The collaborative artwork of middle school students from Omaha Public Schools is on display at The B Side of Benson Theatre, 6058 Maple Street, during the month of March.
The opening reception for the Express Yourself Art Exhibition was held March 2. The show is sponsored by WhyArts, the Basic Hope Foundation’s S.O.A.R. Program, Collective for Youth and Omaha Public Schools. S.O.A.R., a local after-school program, provides incentives for improved grades, program attendance and the Student of The Quarter Award, said Kim Jubenville, director of youth engagement at WhyArts. The acronym stands for:
- Self-control resulting from a greater understanding of oneself
- Others for whom more compassion and empathy are developed
- Appropriate attitudes and awareness in choosing effective conflict strategies
- Relationship management at school, home and in the community
The student work was created in February through a series of workshops led by WhyArts teaching artists Joe Broghammer, Amanda Caillau, Rich Chung, Kim Darling, Brandon Mass, Tom McLaughlin, Sarah Rowe, Katherine Scarpello and Hugo Zamorano. The participating middle schools are Monroe, Morton, McMillan, Marrs, Norris, Nathan Hale, Lewis & Clark and King Science Magnet.