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 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
  • 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 2022.


Take a look at our disability programming in action below!


KOB Virtual Performance July 16

The Kids on the Block, a program of WhyArts, will perform virtually in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library’s Summer … Read More

Across The Floor Takes Its First Steps

OMAHA – Thanks to grants from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, The Omaha School Foundation and OCF Community Enrichment Fund, WhyArts … Read More

Activity Bags Delivered to Community Partners

Since people can’t come to WhyArts, WhyArts is coming to the people. Last week, 120 art + fun bags were … Read More

Watch Kids on the Block Programming Live Monday-Friday

Melody James love to tell jokes, explore the outdoors and play with her guinea pig. Starting April 13, you’ll be … Read More

Thanks, NAC! Here’s What We Did with Your Funding

Thanks to a trio of Artist in the Schools grants from the Nebraska Arts Council, WhyArts teaching artists Stephanie Anderson, … Read More

Color, Movement, Imagination Showcased in “Tales from the Sea”

Brightly colored schools of fish. A yellow submarine the Beatles would be proud to call their own. Jellyfish that emitted … Read More