Opening Reception for Journey with WhyArts Spring Exhibition April 19

WhyArts will showcase the artistic talents of its teaching faculty and community partners with a spring exhibition at Gallery 1516. The opening reception for “Journey with WhyArts…a Celebration of Theatre & Visual Arts” is Friday, April 19, from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth Street.

The visual arts portion of the evening will feature the professional work of 15 WhyArts teaching artists and representative samples of student art created this past year during the organization’s youth engagement workshops. The participating artists:

  • Joe Broghammer
  • Amanda Caillau
  • Kim Darling
  • Mike Girón
  • Pam Hinson
  • Bill Hoover
  • Lisa Kalantjakos
  • Kathleen Keller
  • Holly Lukasiewicz
  • Thomas McLaughlin
  • Abby Phoenix
  • Jennifer Radil Hayes
  • Sarah Rowe
  • Felicia Webster
  • Hugo Alberto Zamorano

The theatrical portion of the evening will include four performances centered on a “Journeys” theme by actors from four WhyArts community partners. Each performance is about eight minutes and will run from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Read more about the actors and WhyArts theatre mentors Carrie Nath and Cork Ramer below.

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.

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.

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

UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
Th 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.

Carrie Nath in her own words
“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.”

Cork Ramer in his own words
“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 is my honor and pleasure to share that love with others.”

“Journey with WhyArts” is made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council. It will be on display April 19-20 at Gallery 1516 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, email