Disability Programming

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
  • Duet
  • Gotta Be Me
  • JP Lord School
  • Ollie Webb Center
  • Omaha Public Schools Alternative Curriculum Program (ACP) classes
  • Omaha Public Schools Transition Program
  • Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • QLI
  • Sheltering Tree
  • Vodec

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 January 2023.


Take a look at our disability programming in action below!


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. … Read More

Machines Revisited Returns to Select Metro ACP Classes

Some things are just too good to retire after one use. This spring, WhyArts will bring its second year of … Read More

Art Exhibit to Accompany Omaha Community Playhouse Production

When The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in January at the Omaha Community Playhouse, audiences will … Read More

“Our Secret Garden” Marks New Collaboration

The premiere of “Our Secret Garden” featuring actors from UNO Theatre and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Transitions Program … Read More

At The Carwash

From the video vault: With a little help from WhyArts, students in the Alternative Curriculum Program at Lewis & Clark … Read More

Gotta Have Arts Exhibit on Display at Hot Shops Open House

The Gotta Have Arts exhibit will be on display this weekend during the Hot Shops Open House Saturday and Sunday, … Read More