WhyArts Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant for Diversability Programming

WhyArts has received a grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation (LFF) in support of its diversability programming and initiatives.

“With the donation from LFF, WhyArts will partner with Gotta Be Me to offer Gotta Have Art, a series of workshops that will allow adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to create art for exhibition and sale at community events,” said WhyArts Executive Director Carolyn Anderson. The workshops, to be led by WhyArts teaching artists, will be held this spring at Gotta Be Me, 5108 Pine St. All work created during the workshops will be exhibited and sold at the Summer Arts Festival, Hot Shops Open House, Handmade Omaha Spring Show and the All Ability Arts Day set for May 19 at Gotta Be Me.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

For more information about Gotta Have Art, contact Anderson at carolyn.o.anderson@gmail.com.

About WhyArts
WhyArts, founded in 1990, is dedicated to providing Omaha’s underserved populations with access to inclusive quality arts programming. The organization contracts with professional teaching artists to conduct workshops, residencies and activities in the visual arts, theatre, dance/movement, music, the spoken word, literature, storytelling and animation. It also builds original arts programming for nonprofits, schools, social service agencies and others that enriches their missions and curriculums, and advocates for the arts by sharing best practices at local, regional and national trainings and conferences.

About Gotta Be Me
Gotta Be Me, an Omaha nonprofit, was created to promote the inclusion of adults with disabilities into our communities, creating a culture that is brimming with life, dignity and growth for all people.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.