Experience arts our way!


5:00 to 8:00pm
Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth Street

  • Free and open to the public
  • Music by Michael Murphy
  • Visual arts exhibition curated by Lisa Kalantjakos

Starting at 5:00pm
Join us for the opening reception of the 2019 WhyArts Teaching Artists Exhibit – which will showcase the professional work of 15 of our teaching artists – and student art created during our youth engagement workshops. Featuring work by:

  • Joe Broghammer
  • Amanda Caillau
  • Rich Chung
  • Kim Darling
  • Mike Girón
  • Pam Hinson
  • Bill Hoover
  • Lisa Kalantjakos
  • Kathleen Keller
  • Shawnequa Linder
  • Holly Lukasiewicz
  • Brandon Mass
  • Thomas McLaughlin
  • Abby Phoenix
  • Jennifer Radil Hayes
  • Sarah Rowe
  • Hugo Alberto Zamorano

Student art by:

  • Marrs Middle School | WhyArts Mentor Sarah Rowe
  • Monroe Magnet Middle School | WhyArts Mentor Kim Darling
  • Morton Magnet Middle School | WhyArts Mentor Sarah Rowe

Starting at 6:00pm
Enjoy original vignettes centered on a “Journeys” theme by actors from four of our community partners. Each performance is about eight minutes. Read more about the actors and their WhyArts theatre mentors below.

Quality Living Inc. (QLI)
QLI is dedicated to delivering life-changing rehabilitation and care for people with brain and spinal cord injuries.

“Here I Am”
Director: WhyArts Artist Cork Ramer
Featuring QLI actors Ryan H, Greg G, Talycia T, Jonathan M, Yvonne S, Wende M, Steve K, Chris B and Cory K.

Gotta Be Me
Gotta Be Me, an Omaha 501c(3) nonprofit, was created to promote the inclusion of adults with disabilities into our communities, creating a culture that is brimming with life, dignity, and growth for all people.

“Alien Transformation”
Director: WhyArts Artist Cork Ramer
Featuring Gotta Be Me actors Maddie Carlin, Ben Oyler and Nidal Sharif.

UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
The mission of the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute is is to be world leaders in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and complex health care needs, their families and the community through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.

“A Most Excellent Adventure”
Director: WhyArts Artist Carrie Nath
Featuring UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute actors Blade Woodman, Melissa Lindsey, KellyLynn Wakehouse, Tim Fauble and Brandon Herting with Jennifer Herting (staff) and Hannah Battafarano (staff).

Outlook Nebraska
Outlook Nebraska is dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind or visually impaired. It wants to prove that those without sight or those losing their sight are capable of working, playing and living life to the fullest.

“On The Lam”
Director: WhyArts Artist Carrie Nath
Featuring Outlook Nebraska actors Megan Mackie, Eric Palacio, Bridget Pollpeter, Ryan Osentowski and Rachna Keshwani.

Carrie Nath
“My path to leadership, teaching and creating is grounded in an ensemble-based structure. All members of the ensemble are relevant, necessary and carry with them a knowledge of the world shaped by their unique perspective. As a leader, I am strongest when I am most willing to be vulnerable and teach best when I am most willing to learn. Establishing a safe place to take risks is key. Once established, an ensemble will inevitably move forward in the most creative and positive way. Leadership and creative partners include The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Shakespeare Theatre Company and Ford’s Theater in D.C., Washington National and Seattle Opera, The Baltimore Lab School, The Nebraska Arts Council, The Rose Theater and Nebraska Shakespeare.”

Cork Ramer
“Working with students of all ages and abilities was one of my favorite aspects during my years with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. I’m excited to continue this journey with WhyArts. Being given the grand chance to share my love and appreciation for theatre is a rare treat. There is so much in theatre that goes unknown or unnoticed by most people. It is amazing to see their eyes light up and their minds open as they are presented with new challenges, ideas and possibilities. Theatre has filled my life with untold joy, and it will be my honor and pleasure to share that love with others.”


Journey with WhyArts will be on display April 19-20 at Gallery 1516 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
For more information, email carolyn.o.anderson@gmail.com.