Pop-Up Art Exhibition
featuring NebraskARTS Award Winning Schools & School Districts
Nebraskans for the Arts (NFTA) is a statewide organization of artists, educators, businesses, and individuals committed to advancing opportunities in the arts to improve the lives and learning of all Nebraskans. NFTA’s first pop-up exhibition at KANEKO is part of Nebraska Arts and Culture Month 2022.
The exhibition features Nebraska students from 3rd through 12th grade representing four of our recent NebraskARTS Award recipients. Each year, Nebraskans for the Arts honors two Nebraska schools or school districts that have supported and encouraged media arts, visual arts, dance, music, or theatre achievement.
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COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event.
Masks are required when visiting or attending an event at KANEKO.
A Monumental Task: Reclaiming Science in a Nation Banning Books and Denying a Pandemic
Featuring Dr. Ali Khan
The pandemic has tested our nation in ways we hoped to never experience. Social media and news reports depicting rising cases, new variants, and lockdowns have led to pandemic fatigue and the rise of misinformation and disinformation. COVID19 has unearthed the reality that we were not only unprepared for a worldwide pandemic, but often distrust scientific advancement. This talk will discuss the history of scientific distrust through topics such as banned books, evolution, sex education, climate change, and the anti-vaccine movement, while emphasizing the importance of reclaiming the role of science in our polarized society.
Ali Khan is Dean of the College of Public Health at UNMC & a former Assistant Surgeon General with the US Public Health Service. As Dean his focus is on health system & community-based health transformations. His vision is for the College to play an integral role in creating the next generation of Public Health Guardians.
Dr. Khan’s career has focused on health security, global health, & emerging infectious diseases. He completed a 23-year career as a senior director at the CDC where he was one of the main architects of their national health security. He continues to actively support global outbreak responses as a member of WHO & GOARN. Dr. Khan is the author of The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers.
February’s Creative Morning’s theme is Monumental – When we call something monumental, we mean it as a matter of scale. Societies erect statues and build squares and dedicate memorials to prevent the past from being buried. These structures loom large and cast long shadows. They are meant to endure, to keep our ancestors alive in our memories, but sometimes they dwarf the living and engulf life itself.
What does it mean to think on a monumental timescale? To honor the past in such a way that it paves a path for the unfolding of the present? We have no way of knowing if our memories will outlive us, if they will manage to travel the vastness of space and time. But there are people in the future who will need our stories, stories capacious enough to hold all of our humanity. So what will you bear witness to? What will you leave behind when you’re gone?
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COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event.
Masks are required when visiting or attending an event at KANEKO.
Category: Artist Talk • Exhibitions • Free | Season: Community
KANEKO welcomes you to an Artist Talk with Juan Sanchez on Friday, April 30th. Three events will occur at 6, 7, and 8 pm. Reservations are offered for each 50-minute event with a maximum of 50 guests. Each event will begin with a 20-minute live presentation by the artist, diving into the exhibit and the evolution of Sanchez’s revolutionary Raku fired technique, followed by a Q&A session and a remaining half an hour to experience the exhibit. The entire KANEKO gallery space will be open for viewing the Community Exhibition.
This first American exhibit by the Mexican ceramicist Juan de Dios Sánchez Arce is rooted in imagery and stories that live “in the blood of all Mexicans.” and represents the evolution of a Raku fire technique that Sánchez and his team have pushed to the limits of what any other ceramic artist has done. This exhibit is about a lost lesson: the balance of nature and humanity in the universe, life and death, and how Sánchez believes this lesson is beginning to recover in the minds of his culture.
Sánchez began collaborating with Jun Kaneko over twelve years ago when he, after seeing Kaneko’s ceramics, asked how he managed to build such monumental works. Kaneko, in response, asked the very same question about Sánchez’s slip-cast and Raku fired ceramics. The processes of both these artists are difficult and have been independently pushed to the limits over and over. The combination of these mutual investigations led to revolutions in large-scale slip-cast Raku fired ceramics that had never before been achieved. Much of the result of this collaboration can be seen in this exhibit as well as in Kaneko’s ongoing work.
What to Expect When You Visit KANEKO
We have created a safe environment for this Artist Talk so that everyone attending can enjoy themselves. By reserving a space for this Artist Talk you accept the following:
- Because this artist talk will occur three times in three 50 minute time slots, we ask that you come no earlier than 5 minutes before the hour you reserve to avoid crowding.
- Masks are required inside the KANEKO.
- Guests will observe a 6-foot distance from each other in the KANEKO (if you are with a group of cohorts you may stay close together but please remain at a safe distance from other guests).
- Juan Sanchez’s Artist Talk will take place upstairs in our Gallery 5. Upon entering the building you will check-in and will be guided to the exhibit.
- As the hour-long experience ends, guests will be asked to make room for other reservations by leaving Gallery 5 and exploring the rest of the Community Exhibit.
About Juan Sánchez
Sánchez has lived and worked in Cuernavaca, Mexico for the last 15 years. He grew up in an environment of both art and medicine; his father was a doctor, but his life was immersed in art and Sánchez was drawing and painting at a very young age. As a young man, Sánchez practiced as a doctor of anesthesiology for 17 years, but changed professions to become a ceramist. His medical studies influenced the way he sees life, the way he behaves, and the way he feels compelled to help others. The discipline to be a good artist grew from the discipline he learned from the intense study of medicine.
By maintaining contact with ceramicists in Europe, Sánchez facilitated a side business, working with Mexican artisans and selling large quantities of high-end functional ceramic ware to distribution companies all over Europe. He studied Raku fired ceramics with his brother at a production studio in Healdsburg, CA before opening their ceramic studio in Mexico. Although he had many other projects and professions at the time, he ultimately took over the studio. He continued to study ceramics and quickly began pushing the normal expectations of scale with both slip-cast and Raku fired works.
Category: Free • KANEKO Core Programs • Lectures • Passages | Season: Influence
The value of wasting time.
The KANEKO, along with the University of Nebraska Omaha, welcomes distinguished physicist and bestselling author Alan Lightman for the spring session of our PASSAGES Literary Series.
Discussion will center around the ‘art’ of wasting time. A description of Lightman’s recent book In Praise of Wasting Time includes the themes for the evening:
We are all worried about wasting time. Especially in the West, we have created a frenzied lifestyle in which the twenty-four hours of each day are carved up, dissected, and reduce down to ten-minute units of efficiency. We take our iPhones and laptops with us on vacation. We check email at restaurants or our brokerage accounts while walking in the park. When the school day ends, our children are overloaded with “extras.” Our university curricula are so crammed our young people don’t have time to reflect on the material they are supposed to be learning. Yet in the face of our time-driven existence, a great deal of evidence suggests there is great value in “wasting time,” of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and even hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks.
Doors open at 6:30; please join us early to write down your questions for Lightman. A special addition to the program, internationally recognized fiddler Bonnie Rideout will begin the evening with an informal concert in connection with her creative process of ‘wasting time’.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
About Alan Lightman: “A scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word.” – Los Angeles Times
After serving on the faculty of Harvard University for a dozen years, Alan Lightman moved to MIT, where he became the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in the sciences and the humanities. In astrophysics, Lightman has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of black holes, radiation processes at the center of galaxies, and the foundation of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
Dozens of independent theatrical and musical production worldwide have been adapted from Lightman’s novel Einstein Dreams. An international bestseller, this book is one of the most widely used texts in universities today and has been translated into 30 languages. A prolific author, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, 2018, and the novel Three Flames, 2019.
Lightman’s appearance at KANEKO PASSAGES, which includes a discussion with expert panelists and the audience, will center around his book In Praise of Wasting Time, which was released in 2018.
See more about Alan Lightman here.
About the Panelists
Kevin Clouther serves as Coordinator of the UNO MFA in Writing Program. He’s an assistant Professor at the UNO Writer’s Workshop. Clouther’s story collection, We Were Flying to Chicago, was published by Catapult. His stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto Del Sol, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other journals, and he has contributed essays to The Millions, NPR, Poets & Writers, Salon, and Tin House’s “Art of the Sentence.” He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Richard Yates Fiction Award and Gell Residency Award.
Dr. Christine Cutucache is UNO’s Haddix Community Chair of Science, the Acting Director of the UNO STEM TRAIL Center, and Associate Professor of Biology. She is a tumor immunologist and science education convert. Consequently, her teaching and research interests range from cancer biology to discipline-based education research methods. She has published copious primary articles on her work, authored 3 textbooks, and is a strong advocate for undergraduate professional development.
Dr. Christopher Moore is UNO’s Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science and Associate Professor of Physics. Dr. Moore conducts research in physical science education and teacher preparation, focusing on how we learn/teach creativity and innovation in STEM Dr. Moore is author of the books Creating Scientists and Teaching Science Thinking (which was written at the UNO-Kaneko Library), over 40 peer-reviewed articles, and is co-author of the best-selling high-school curriculum Experience Chemistry. He has recently given invited lectures internationally on the parallels between sense-making in the sciences and humanities.
Bonnie Rideout: On stages from Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival to America’s Kennedy Center, her unique style of Scottish fiddling has charmed audiences across the globe. Bonnie has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR’s Performance Today, Morning Edition and The Thistle and Shamrock. In addition to authoring seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company, Bonnie has recorded over fifteen solo albums. Her Scottish Christmas CD became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller.” Three of Bonnie’s recordings received Grammy nominations.
About PASSAGES: PASSAGES is the core literary program at KANEKO that seeks to intersect and expand all offerings and forms of creative literacy activities across the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan area. PASSAGES programming includes critical readings, interactive writing workshops and sessions, and events featuring accomplished and diverse authors.
Ideas Worth Spreading.
Join other TED enthusiasts for TEDxOmahaSalon, a monthly conversation group. We watch two recorded TED Talks on a topic, then talk about the implications and opportunities. For this TEDxOmaha Salon, we will explore the final topic in our explorations of culture and community; Rites and Rituals. These exist at individual, organizational, community and national level. They are part of our lives, our individual and collective identity, and form part of our sense of connection and existence. We see these played out in the many facets of our personal life, and are a conscious and unconscious part of our life – from birth through to death. They are also played out in organizations in cultures and subcultures, and form part of the history and stories that are created.
What are the rites and rituals that have meaning in your world? Come and explore this fascinating topic as we gather together at Kaneko for the last time this year.
TEDxOmaha is an independently organized TEDx event. As a part of the global TED community, we connect locally to explore the ideas and situations that affect our cultures, environments, and minds. Most people are introduced to this remarkable collection of human experiences through recorded TED Talks. Through technology, we can hear stories of discovery, heartache, joy, introspection, and imagination from some of the world’s most amazing people. By creating events in Omaha, we produce an experience based on TED’s principles.
Who attends TEDxOmaha? Five hundred of our community’s most curious, forward-thinking people. Activists, artists, philanthropists, modern-day philosophers, policymakers, stay-at-home parents, and more. You, too, can gather with amazing people from our region who share their insights and accomplishments. It helps us witness what is happening – and what is possible – so we can be inspired to take bigger steps together. TEDxOmaha is held annually in October and offers monthly TEDxOmahaSalon events at The KANEKO.
For questions and more information, please visit TEDxOmaha on Facebook!
Business & Baking – paired creatively.
Creative Baking with Carter & Rye looks deeply into the creative process behind the team of Carter & Rye. At this KANEKO members only event, you will learn about the inception of Carter & Rye, sample their delicious baked goods, and get a chance to discuss the pop-up baked goods business with the owners of Carter & Rye.
About Carter & Rye: Carter & Rye is a female-led business selling sweet and savory pastries & specialty coffee. We sell playful and nostalgic hot pockets, hand pies, and specialty cold brew. Visit us at the Aksarben farmers market in Omaha NE or contact us for pop-ups, special events, and wholesale inquiries. “I’m the hot one!”
It’s rare you have the opportunity to work alongside someone who wants to impact the community and world in the same way that you do. After 3 years as colleagues, we’ve maintained a strong passion for creating nostalgic, delicious experiences while empowering women and the people they care for. Starting Carter & Rye is our honest attempt at learning to empower ourselves while doing something that we both love to do. Partnering our greatest strengths and loves with the hope that one day we can create a similar opportunity for other people. Learn more –>
About Kate “Carter” Anderson: The nostalgia of eating is my main ingredient. The smells that fill the house on Thanksgiving. Great Aunt Carol’s late arrival with her apple pies in hand. My grandmother brewing a pot of decaf coffee. The way the buttery crust offsets the tart and gooey baked apples. The whole family together enjoying the ritual. Combined with a generous amount of European butter and sugar, this is what sustains my career.
My passion is founded on tradition and innovation—the age-old techniques of previous generations plus modern methods and innovative flavor combinations. Here to make your pastry an indulgence you won’t regret. I want the food to both comfort your taste buds and bring you joy.
My pastries and fillings are always made by hand from scratch, working hard to consistently perfect imperfection. The adventure of eating a hand pie, from the caramelized outer edge, all the way to the fresh, jam-filled center. The tray of hot pockets fresh out the oven, each one a charmingly misshapen half-moon.
It’s deeply important that we support our friends and farmers in the community by sourcing ingredients locally and seasonally as much as possible, including local eggs, dairy, meats and cheeses.
About Ryan “Rye” Grubs: Hi, I’m Rye! In 2016 I moved to Omaha, NE. It was not my first choice or my twenty-third, but it has turned out to be one of the most incredible accidental choices that could have happened to me. Two weeks into living in Omaha, I got a job at one of the best coffee shops in the city. Having been in the hospitality/specialty coffee industry since 2005, I’ve learned the best place to make connections and become a part of a community is in the cafe, and it turned out to be a hundred percent true because that’s where I met Kate, “Carter” (and a whole host of interesting, creative, passionate people). The relationships I’ve made since moving to Omaha has been an undeniable force pushing me towards entrepreneurship and specialty coffee. In 2018, I started my own freelance business as a cafe consultant. Since then, I’ve partnered with local non-profits to strengthen and expand their cafes. My approach is simple: People first, then coffee.
Category: Artist Talk • Education • Lectures • Members | Season: Influence
Journey to the inner world with Tony Berlant.
“The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes.”
Please join the KANEKO staff in welcoming featured artist Tony Berlant as our first artist-talk lecturer. Enjoy an evening of enlightenment on Berlant’s creative process, behind-the-scenes information, and a deep dive of the concepts of Berlant’s work, featured on the walls of KANEKO throughout Influence.
KANEKO’s new quarterly artist-talk series features creators both locally and nationally who are tied to KANEKO’s programming, exhibitions, educational workshops, or mission.
About Tony Berlant: Berlant is a contemporary American artist known for his mixed-media sculptural collages. Laboriously composed from photo-printed plywood, tin scraps, and metal sheets, the artist reassembles the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Reordered, the works transform into ecstatic abstractions, flowers, and surreal landscapes. “The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes, Berlant said. “[Aritsts] go into the inner world — the world of the imagination– to discover not only themselves but the unchanging essences of humanity.”
He currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA. Berlant’s work can be found among the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washing, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Start your day creatively!
Join us for this special birthday event for CreativeMornings/Omaha featuring singer-songwriter Jocelyn! All CreativeMornings are free and open to the public. Registration is required and will open on November 4.
About Jocelyn: From busking on the streets of her hometown in Omaha, Nebraska, to wowing the audience at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater, singer-songwriter Jocelyn knows how to shine for a crowd. The 22-year old musician, armed with her powerful voice, mesmerizing stage presence, rhythmic guitar playing, and tireless work ethic, puts the heart into Heartland, utilizing her natural talent and mature perspective to connect with listeners no matter what venue she plays.
Jocelyn has captivated audiences around the world through her earnest music videos and performances. Her first single, the uplifting and infectious SPEAK UP, is about a personal bullying experience she endured and how she worked to overcome it. Written during a session in Los Angeles with producer Denny White, the song came to Jocelyn like lightning and the pair had it finished in under an hour. “SPEAK UP is about turning negativity into positive energy instead of letting the bullies drag you down,” she says. “It’s about realizing that you are your own individual, so speak up and live by example.”
That theme of self-empowerment carries across not only her new music but her entire life. “I want to sell records, sell out arenas, make great music for people to connect to, and inspire a movement of self-love.”
Jocelyn found herself through her music. Learn how she speaks up and sings loudly to keep putting in the work to perfect her craft.
About CreativeMornings: In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.
Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme.
CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local partners, generous venues, and longterm global partners. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is creative. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. And if you need a little help convincing your boss to let you attend, we’ve got you covered. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!
Cheese and Wine by Region
Did you know there are almost 1000 different types of cheeses in France? Learn the major kinds of cheeses, where they’re made, what they taste like and the wines that go best with them. Join Sam Tepanossian in an interactive workshop that takes you on a tour of these French products that grace French tables all over France.
About Sam Tepanossian: A French-Armenian, Sam Tepanossian moved to Omaha in the summer of 2017. He received his MBA from ICHEC, and before that was a graduate of Haute École de Lucia de Broukère, where he received a BA in Public relations. Samuel began his career in Brussels, where he specialized in Team Management and Human Resources at the European Institutions, eventually leading to a prominent position at Procter & Gamble where he later became a Brand Ambassador. In 2012 Samuel had the opportunity to move and live in the US. He worked in New York City for a home décor company as an e-Commerce Business Development Manager. Living in different countries has taught Samuel to enjoy meeting new people, trying new cuisines and exploring new cities.
About Alliance Française d’Omaha: Founded in Paris in 1883, The Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural institutions in the world, with chapters in 138 countries, including 115 chapters in the United States. The Omaha chapter began in 1917 and recently celebrated our centennial in 2017. To share and celebrate the French language and the francophone world through cultural and educational programs is the Alliance’s mission.
Category: Education • Great Minds Series • KANEKO Core Programs • Lectures • Performances | Season: Influence
Madama Butterfly: The Suicide that Stays News
KANEKO and Applied Underwriters, Inc. are proud to present the 2019 GREAT MINDS Lecture Series, where the brightest thinkers address topics with fresh, provocative perspectives.
Art has always had the power to spur social controversy, change political and social views, heighten public awareness, and ultimately change perceptions and sensibilities in matters of social impact. Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, was no different when it premiered in 1904 and as it continues to play today in theaters around the world.
For this lecture, you will be exposed to stellar performances of excerpts from Madama Butterfly, followed by a leadership panel who will discuss the artwork and its social implications. The panel will be led by Dr. Bette Talvacchia, Emerita Professor of Art History, and Jenny Rroji, Art Director and Pianist.
A special feature of Jun Kaneko’s brilliant stage and costume design work for Madama Butterfly will be on display during the presentation.
Featuring Emerita Professor of Art History and Great Minds lecturer: Dr. Bette Talvacchia
Featuring a quartet and pianist performing excerpts from Madama Butterfly:
About the Great Minds Lecture Series: The Great Minds Lecture Series highlights innovators and original thought leaders in fields relevant to KANEKO programs. This unique lecture series engages KANEKO members and visitors with “Great Minds” who are established and recognized by their peers within their respective fields or disciplines. Whether science, philosophy, or the arts, Great Minds speakers have demonstrated leadership within their fields and have a record of outstanding creativity and innovation. Great Minds speakers embody a creative philosophy that aligns directly with the mission of KANEKO focused on creative investigation.
About Applied Underwriters: Applied Underwriters, Omaha’s premier employer, is proud to support KANEKO’s Great Minds Lecture Series. The company is a leading provider of insurance and business services, serving thousands of customers nationwide. Applied’s operations campus is located in Omaha and currently employs nearly 700 people. Applied is dedicated to the presentation of public discourse on topics of high intellectual interest and impact. For more information, please visit auw.com.