light Brings STEAM to Four Elementary Schools

Four elementary schools. Six WhyArts teaching artists. One school year’s worth of twice-a-week workshops using art activities to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts.

Thanks to funding from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, students from Sherman, Wakonda, Liberty and Lothrop elementary schools were given a special opportunity to participate in a series of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) workshops led by WhyArts. The sessions began with a field trip to KANEKO to view light, an interactive and visual art experience that explores art and science. The exhibit was on display from December 2017 to March 2018.

Following the field trip, WhyArts artists Nils Haaland, Brian Priesman, Abby Queal, Courtney Stein, Felicia Webster and Aaron Williams used the students’ experiences at KANEKO as the spark for the work they created during the rest of the year. “The exhibit was jaw dropping, interactive and beautiful,” said Kim Jubenville, director of after school programming at WhyArts. “In all our workshops, vocabulary was built, concepts were explored and messes were made!”

For more information about after school programming at WhyArts, contact Jubenville at