Wallace Helps RCMC Prepare for “A Pop of Color”

“It’s incredibly challenging and liberating working with watercolor.”

– WhyArts teaching artist Paula Wallace

If you’re a vocalist, how do you prepare for an important concert? One idea – host a strategic planning session in which art jump-starts the event.

That’s what happened when Omaha’s River City Mixed Chorus (RCMC) called WhyArts seeking inspiration for “A Pop of Color – A Concert of Musical and Visual Creativity” set for March 28 in Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall.

The concert – a partnership of RCMC and the Joslyn – will feature songs from the musical theater and pop genres that celebrate art and color and tell stories through visualization and landscapes. The evening also will incorporate self-portraits from local LGBTQ+ youth.

On Feb. 8, WhyArts teaching artist Paula Wallace led about 35 chorus members through a series of watercolor activities inspired by the songs that will be featured in the March 28 concert. The retreat exercise was an invitation to the music – with performers developing an understanding of their material, then sharing it through a visual medium. “It’s incredibly challenging and liberating working with watercolor,” Wallace told the group of singers turned visual artists.

Tables were equipped with different types of watercolor paint and paper, as well as pre-printed cards featuring a series of Wallace’s whimsical concert-themed drawings: a soloist, a conductor, a music stand, a concert hall – even someone putting up a concert poster. The participants were then encouraged to experiment with the different forms of watercolor, cards, and blank watercolor paper to create invitations to the concert.

 “A Pop of Color” begins at 6:00pm. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and can be purchased at www.rcmc.org/concerts-events/. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:00pm to visit the galleries and see the art featured in the performance.

For more information about scheduling a WhyArts strategic planning event for your business or organization, contact WhyArts Executive Director Kim Jubenville at kim.jubenville@whyartsinc.org.

For more information about Wallace’s art, visit www.paulawallacefineart.com.