Category: Exhibitions | Season: light
ASL Interpreted Tour
We partnered with the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Special Education and Communication Disorders Department to bring an American Sign Language interpreted tour on March 9. While providing a space for deaf and hearing impaired community members to learn about the light exhibition, this also allowed UNO practicum students the opportunity to practice their interpreting skills. This tour took place on March 9 from 7 – 8 PM during our public guided tours.
Category: Exhibitions | Season: light
KANEKO in a whole new light!
People gathered for our sold out KANEKO After Hours event, an exclusive night exploring the light exhibition.
Ticket to this event included a visit to the exhibition, extended time in the Infinity Room, a special KANEKO grab bag and an exclusive offer from Bricks & Mortar.
Category: | Season: light
OTOC Celebrated Community – Lighting the Way
We enjoyed the company of OTOC supporters and solidarity members for their 9th Annual Event on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 6pm-9:30pm. There was a silent auction with over 300 items, appetizers by Pleasure Your Palate, Desserts, ice cream by eCreamery, Live Music from Olivia Marks and the Sun-less Trio. For tickets, please call 402-344-4401.
About: OTOC is a civil organization and a coalition of local congregations with the goal of improving our community.
Category: Education • Free • Lectures • Performances | Season: light
The nationwide day of arts activism at KANEKO!
Arts Advocacy Day was an opportunity to have your voice heard. We assembled with arts organizations across the state and fellow citizens to emphasize the value of arts in your community. By reaching out to elected representatives we showed them the importance of supporting arts funding and positive arts legislation. Arts Advocacy Day was a nationwide day to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
What will Arts Advocacy Day look like?
KANEKO hosted the Omaha community with advocacy opportunities from 3 – 7 PM on March 13th, 2018. Attendees showed their support and wrote letters to our elected officials, or joined us for a special Community Celebration from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. The Community Celebration was an open house event highlighting Omaha’s nonprofit arts organizations with performances, presentations, and remarks from community leaders. Cities statewide participated in various Arts Advocacy Day activities!
Share your support by using the hashtags, #ArtsAdvocacy, #Neb4TheArts, and #WhyArtsMatter
About Nebraskans for the Arts
Nebraskans for the Arts (NFTA) is your arts advocacy organization. Representing arts organizations and individual members across the state, NFTA advises policy makers, elected officials, and community leaders on the importance of strong arts education in our schools, the economic impact of the arts in our communities, and the benefits of pro-arts policies for Nebraska.
A Creative Catalyst Shared Celebration!
KANEKO Creative Catalyst workshop series partnered local groups with artists to explore various themes within each exhibition to inspire the way we think about the community and demonstrate the value of creative exploration around a joint goal. During light, we guided two Creative Catalyst workshops (TRIPHtic & a.mor.phous) that brought diverse groups together to create a project. L
- 1 PM (TRIPHtic presentation with Quality Living Inc. and Intercultural Senior Center)
- 4 PM (a.mor.phous presentation with Monroe Middle School Art Club students)
- 4:30 PM (TRIPHtic presentation with NorthStar)
In partnership with WhyArts, we connected three diverse community groups (NorthStar, Quality Living Inc. & Intercultural Senior Center), with three unique local artists (Josh Mullady, Courtney Stein & Lisa Kalantjakos), to interpret Circus Family’s TRIPH installation. During a series of workshops, individuals examined and interpreted TRIPH through their eyes via theatre, stories, music, the visual arts and music. Their examination will take life on February 23 during a unique presentation at our sharing celebration! We hope to inspire the way we think about the community and demonstrate the value of arts integration.
We partnered with light exhibition glass artist, Corey Broman, and Monroe Middle School Art Club to examine and interpret Broman’s artistic vision and creative-process to enhance a broader view of exploratory education practices, and demonstrate the value of arts integration. A visit and demo at Broman’s studio, tours of the light exhibition, and a hands-on glass project will culminate with an installation as part of Broman’s glass exhibit in space 6 at our sharing celebration!
Explore light in Nature!
On Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11 AM -1 PM we hosted Family Day! Family Day is an opportunity for families to participate in hands-on STEM + Creativity experiences that explore various themes in the light exhibition.
Free and open to the public. Supplies are provided while they last.
We were joined by Astronomers from the Omaha Astronomical Society with telescopes to safely view the sun (weather-permitting).
Austen Hill, a naturalist from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District was on-site with insects and feathered friends that are impacted by light.
Jellyfish are a wonder of bioluminescence. As part of KANEKO’s upcoming exhibition, REALITY, a hands-on activity of constructing jellyfish from plastic bags was used to explore human consumption of plastic while creating something beautiful that will become part of a larger installation within the Museum of Alternative History, which is now housed within the REALITY exhibition. Help us build a smack of jellyfish!
KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library also had books, film and hands-on building tools for little humans + their big humans.
Play with light!
On Saturday, Jan 27th we hosted Family Day at KANEKO! Through the first floor galleries, we provided a variety of exploratory stations fusing design elements and the use of light. Others led themselves through a Scavenger Hunt around KANEKO. With activities to engage all ages, participants were eager to dive right in to this bright adventure!
Category: Free • Performances | Season: light
The UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities hosted an unconventional presentation to share a qualitative academic study on community violence entitled, Listen to my Story: Perspectives of African-American Mothers and Male Offenders on Violence in Omaha, Nebraska.
A group of local poets used their creative spirit and energy to give life to the narratives of mothers and male offenders who have experienced violence in Omaha. Through this theatrical presentation, the narrator incorporated personal feelings and emotions experienced while conducting this study.
This presentation brought together community-based organizations who work daily to reduce violence and private foundations who may be able to support their efforts. Violence is more than a statistic; it affects the lives of people.
Join us for a follow-up community discussion about Listen to My Story on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
No More Empty Cups/Community Room | 1502 S. 10TH ST OMAHA, NE 68108 | 10am -12pm
Eric R. Meyer | Creator, Writer, Photographer, Narrator
Eric R. Meyer is a Doctoral Candidate of Health Promotion/Social and Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a former police officer with nearly 20 years of experience. Eric’s research focus targets criminal justice problems using public-health frameworks of behavioral change. Specifically, he studies youth-violence prevention/intervention and the influence of public policies on the health of vulnerable populations.
Teela A. Mickles | Mistress of Ceremony, Interview Coordinator
Teela A. Mickles is the founder and CEO of Compassion In Action (CIA) Inc., a faith-based, non-profit organization that works primarily with individuals confined in the Nebraska Correctional System and families affected by incarceration. Ms. Mickles has been actively involved in this population unofficially since 1984 and founded the organization in 1994. Her voice of hope echoes throughout correctional facilities in the state. “If you’re not dead, God’s not done.”
Ryan Mahr | Distinguished Guest
Ryan Mahr has been employed with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for more than 32 years. He was promoted to Warden of the Community Corrections Center- Omaha (CCC-O) in 2001 and was later appointed to Warden of the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility (NCYF) in 2010. Mr. Mahr has been serving as the Warden of both the CCC-O and the NCYF since April of 2017.
Shukura Huggins | Actress
Shukura Huggins, creator of Just Ku Creative, writes and performs poems and songs, paints, and designs. Shukura has competed poetically from the local stage at home, in Omaha, to national stages in Ohio and Boston. An advocate for the creative voice; she lives by the mantra “tell your story, no one can tell it better than you.”
Tom Becka | Digital Production, Co-Writer
Tom Becka, a man who thinks that people are fascinating and that everybody has a story to tell. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and now living in Omaha, Nebraska. It was in Omaha where Tom first discovered that he could talk to anybody about anything, no matter what their background. Tom has been a radio disc jockey, a salesman, a professional stand-up comic, and now a nationally recognized radio talk show host. Now with the freedom the internet offers, we can have long form interesting discussions with people that you might not have the chance to meet in your everyday life. His voice and style are unique to say the least. The podcasts he is doing can be described like NPR, only with a personality and a pulse.
Maria Teel | Production Lead, Marketing Assistant and Sponsor Coordinator
Maria Teel, although a Baltimore, Maryland native, she has called Omaha, Nebraska home for over 25 years. Helping others is at the core of everything Maria strives to do, she especially loves to encourage young people grow and develop into amazing contributors to humankind. Currently, supporting the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Reducing Health Disparities allows Maria to collaborate with many Community Partners and serve the Community to make a positive difference
Felicia Webster | Actress
Felicia Webster, artistically known as Withlove, Felicia , is a multi- dimensional artist who believes in utilizing the arts to edutain (As KRS coined), promote social change, express love, empower, create connections, invite healing, teach, have fun and build authentic relationships with people around the globe. Read More at withlovefelicia.weebly.com
Devel Crisp | Actor
Devel Crisp is a Spoken Word Poet and Teaching Artist for the Nebraska Writers Collective. He won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Performance Poet in 2017 and has performed all around the United States.
Tyrone Harper | Actor
Tyrone Harper, spoken word artist, poet, teacher, informer, lover of words. Tyrone is a teaching artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective, and he has featured at numerous events across Nebraska. He is a passionate performer who believes in the power of the spoken word, “it birthed us.”
Kandy Do | Evaluation Coordinator, Production Assistant
Kandy Do is a Lincoln, Nebraska native who studied nutrition, chemistry, and psychology. Kandy is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Master’s in Public Health program and is pursuing a future in healthcare administration. Kandy’s interests are in patient safety, quality and satisfaction, reducing health disparities and promoting health equity, and overall creating healthy patients and communities.
Ashvita Garg | Production Assistant
Ashvita Garg, MBBS, MPH completed her medical training at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhra, Nepal and was a practicing physician in India. She is a recent graduate of UNMC’s Masters in Public Health program where her concentration was in Health Promotion. Ashvita has continued working as a Research Assistant for Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UNMC’s College of Public Health and her research interests include health disparities, health equity, and chronic diseases.”
We celebrated the opening of light with local artist and The Union for Contemporary Art instructor, Dan Crane on December 9th. Dan set up shop from 12 – 1 PM for a live screen printing demo where he created limited edition screen printed posters, inspired by KANEKO’s light exhibition. These poster are still available for purchase for $20!
After the event, the Union for Contemporary Art joined Dan to share information about their Co-Op studios and how anyone interested in learning more can access workshops and equipment.
Category: Generator Series • Performances | Season: light
Generator Series explored Sound And Memory with The Afield and Alejandro T. Acierto.
Generator Series looked inward, considering the ways that long and short-term memory impact our listening experience. On March 8, we hosted a unique performance featuring multimedia performers, The Afield and Alejandro T. Acierto.
About The Afield
The Afield is a multidisciplinary collaboration between violinist Rebecca Fischer (Chiara String Quartet) and visual artist Anthony Hawley. Combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media, The Afield is dedicated to exploring the space between sound and sight. The Afield has commissioned works by composers such as Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Lisa Bielawa, Augusta Read Thomas and others, and has premiered work at National Sawdust in New York, the HIFA festival for the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.
We like the idea of being “afield,”–off the usual track and beaten path; wandering farther afield, beyond borders, beyond the area of one’s “subject.”
About Alejandro T. Acierto
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Salisbury University, SOMArts and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, Acierto has performed extensively throughout the US and abroad and can be heard on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records and has issued a solo record on Prom Night Records. He was also a recipient of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music with Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom he is a founding member.
Acierto has also held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and was recently an FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently Artist-in-Residence for Creative Practice in Critical Race Studies. Learn More ->
Upcoming Generator Series Performances:
Sound and Sensor: Obelus and tbd Dance Collective – June 21, 2018
About the Generator Series
Presented by KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar, the Generator Series will present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen, and how we interact with sound in the 21st century. Learn More ->
About Omaha Under the Radar
Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. We celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States. Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than a dozen cities throughout the United States. We work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Learn More ->