WhyArts Receives Grant for “Explore Your Inner Artist” Project

WhyArts has been awarded a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council to support “Journeys 2: Explore Your Inner Artist.”

The project, a multidisciplinary arts experience, will help students in Alternative Curriculum Program (ACP) classes at seven Omaha middle and high schools, including the Omaha Public Schools Transition Program.

A team of WhyArts artists will use dance, theatre and visual arts to conduct fall workshops inspired by a collection of award-winning books for youth. After meeting with the ACP teaching staff at each workshop location this summer, the artist team will create a set of learning activities that stem from their individual disciplines. The activities will be designed to match the students’ individualized education plans and any specific class goals that have been established, said WhyArts Director Carolyn Anderson.

Following the workshops, the project will conclude with an all-site showcase at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“WhyArts contributes a great deal to the advancement of the arts in Omaha,” said Nebraska Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise. “We commend the work being done by organizations such as WhyArts because the arts are important to the education and quality of life for all Nebraskans.”

For more information about the project, contact Anderson at 402.541.4181.

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The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this arts event through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. For more information, visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org.