Gotta Have Arts Workshops Begin

WhyArts has partnered with Gotta Be Me to launch Gotta Have Arts, an opportunity for budding artists of all abilities to create, exhibit and sell their artwork.

This spring, WhyArts artists are teaching a series of art classes at Gotta Be Me headquarters, 5108 Pine St. The classes are also training participants about the business side of art sales, customer service and other aspects of becoming a working artist in Omaha. “Our goal with Gotta Have Arts is to showcase the unique, creative magic of each individual artist – regardless of ability or no disability,” said Tiffiny C. Clifton, executive director of Gotta Be Me.

The Gotta Have Arts classes are open to everyone, regardless of ability. The cost is $5 per class to help defray the cost of materials. Enrollment is on a first-come basis, and reservations are required. Art created during the workshops will be sold at Handmade Omaha’s sixth annual Spring Art & Craft Bazaar April 21-22 at the Bancroft Street Market and the Summer Arts Festival June 8-10 in downtown Omaha.

Gotta Be Me and WhyArts also will host the first “Gotta Have Arts Community Art Day” Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Gotta Be Me (the Weitz CEC at UNO is the rain location) and will include creative arts stations, live music, performances, food and an information fair for interested organizations. Watch for more information as the event nears.

Funding for the Gotta Have Arts initiative is made possible in part by a grant to WhyArts from the Lincoln Financial Foundation. For more information about the classes, contact Clifton at

Below, images from the March 12 workshop led by WhyArts artist Kim Darling with help from a Linkedin crew.