WhyArts Receives LFF Grant for New Movement Project

OMAHA – WhyArts is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation for a new project designed to inspire movement in people with disabilities.

The project – titled “Across the Floor” – will develop an adaptive dance-based curriculum that allows students with disabilities to experience the benefits of exercise and social interaction in a safe and positive environment.

This fall, WhyArts will partner with local nonprofit Arts in Motion to bring “Across the Floor” to students enrolled in Alternative Curriculum Programming (ACP) classes at four Omaha elementary schools as well as students in Omaha Public Schools’ Transition Program. The Alternate Curriculum Program serves students with cognitive disabilities in grades K-12 who require instruction focused on functional academic, social and vocational training. The Transition Program offers a variety of services for secondary students with disabilities ages 18 to 21 who have completed their high school program with a certificate of completion or have not yet received their high school diploma.

WhyArts Teaching Artist Stephanie Goodrich, a yoga and movement specialist (BOLD) for persons with disabilities, will adapt existing Arts in Motion curriculum for the ACP and Transition Program students. Each group will participate in a series of progressive movement classes that will culminate in an adaptive dance event.

“We don’t yet know if we will be virtual or face-to-face, but we will definitely be partnering, learning and moving across the floor this fall,” said WhyArts Executive Director Kim Jubenville.

For more information about WhyArts, visit www.whyartsinc.org. For more information about the Lincoln Financial Foundation, visit www.lfg.com/public/aboutus/lincolnfinancialfoundation.