Machines Revisited Returns to Select Metro ACP Classes

A Year 1 creation.

Some things are just too good to retire after one use.

This spring, WhyArts will bring its second year of specialized arts and science programming to Alternative Curriculum Program (ACP) classes at select metro middle and high schools via Machines Revisited. It uses dance/movement, theatre and visual arts to expose students to basic science concepts while improving their self-confidence and communication skills in a fun learning environment.

The ACP serves students with cognitive disabilities in grades K-12 who require instruction focused on functional academic, social and vocational training.

A collection of books for youth, including the “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires and “How Machines Work” by David Macauley, provided the inspiration for year 1 activities. “Our teaching artists use these works and others to create a set of learning activities that stem from their individual disciplines,” said WhyArts Executive Director Carolyn Anderson.

Participating schools include Bryan, Burke, North, Northwest and South high schools, and Davis and Lewis & Clark middle schools. WhyArts teaching artists Nils Haaland, Kim Jubenville, Josh Mullady, Cork Ramer and Theresa Sindelar will conduct a series of four workshops at each school during February and March. The workshops will culminate in the creation of a machine built out of found objects that will be displayed at each school.

Machines Revisited is supported by the Jetton Charitable Fund through the Omaha Community Foundation. For more information, contact Anderson at