WhyArts believes that each individual, no matter their circumstance, has unlimited creative potential. We also believe the arts are an incredibly powerful means of communication for the nonstandard learner. That’s why WhyArtists meet each individual at his or her own level, providing a diverse array of meaningful arts opportunities. A valuable part of our mission is to help other nonprofits bring the arts to their clients. That’s why we proudly partner with:
- Autism Action Partnership
- Autism Center of Nebraska
- Ambassador Skilled Nursing
- Boys Town Hearing Pre-School
- Gotta Be Me
- JP Lord School
- Ollie Web Center
- Omaha Public Schools Alternative Curriculum Program (ACP) classes
- Omaha Public Schools Transition Program
- Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
- Sheltering Tree
WhyArts also operates the Kids on the Block (KOB) Program. The “kids” are beloved 30″ hand and rod puppets developed in 1977 to teach elementary-aged children about disabilities and build compassion through interactive puppet shows. We have obtained permission from Rabbi Barbara Aiello – the originator of the puppets – to develop our own unique program while ensuring its messaging is truly representative, current and inclusive. Over the next year, we will be radically redeveloping this program, thanks to grants from The 3M Foundation and The Sherwood Foundation. New puppets, new scripts and new curriculum will be launched in 2022.
Take a look at our disability programming in action below!