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YOUTH PROGRAMS

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Art Club

Saturday Art Club is a FREE arts and cultural enrichment program for youth to express themselves through hands-on activities. Participating students have opportunities to view and discuss exhibitions in The Union’s Wanda D. Ewing Gallery, collaborate on art projects with peers and educators, learn about plants in the garden, and help cook their own lunch.

Created to serve North Omaha, Saturday Art Club is reserved for youth living in the 68110, 68111, 68112, and 68104 zip codes. Program enrollment is on a rolling basis with a cap of 24 youth per session.

Saturday Art Club | Ages 7-12*
Session: September 8, 2018 - May 11, 2019
Morning: 10am–12:30pm, includes lunch
Afternoon: 2pm–4:30pm, includes healthy snack

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

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Open Studios

Thursdays // Ages 5–15 // Free

4 - 6 PM | Beginning February 21, youth from partner schools are invited to drop by The Union after school on Thursdays for self-guided studio time. Come draw, paint, read, play games, create art inspired by our exhibitions, or do homework. Youth Open Studios provides space for joy and creative freedom in a safe environment. Snacks will be provided. Pick-Up Time: 6PM

6 - 8 PM | Youth are invited to The Union on Thursday evenings for self-directed studio time. Come draw, paint, read, play games, or create art inspired by the exhibitions in our gallery. Open and flexible, this program provides space for joy and creative freedom in a safe environment.

Youth Open Studios was established to reduce barriers to participation in our Thursday Co-Op workshops, creating an opportunity for young people to engage in hands-on art-making while their caregivers do the same. Co-Op workshop participants now have the opportunity to reserve a spot for their child when registering for their workshop. Visit u-ca.org/the-co-op for a list of upcoming adult workshops. Pick-Up Time: 8PM

****Open Studios Pick-Up Policy: All participating youth must be picked up and signed out at the front desk by 6 or 8pm, depending on time slot enrolled. Only an authorized adult whose information is on file can pick-up youth and identification will be required.

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Together Workshops

Together Workshops are designed for families to explore creative processes together, such as printmaking, ceramics, gardening, painting, and more. Each month, we offer multiple opportunities to participate in these artist-led experiences.

$10 fee per adult/child pair + $1 per additional adult or child. // Ages 5 and up

CLICK HERE for a full list of upcoming workshops

As part of The Union's broad commitment to making the arts accessible to all, regardless of financial means, we follow a Radical Hospitality model. If the workshop price is cost prohibitive, a limited number of cost-free tickets are available in advance of the workshop. Please contact us for more information.

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Teaching Artist Applications

The Union is always eager to hear from teaching artists + educators interested in working with the young people we serve (ages 6 and up). We’re particularly interested in teaching artists with proficiency in one or more of the following areas: animation, ceramics, collage, cooking, creative writing, dance, drama, drawing, gardening/farming, graphic design, jewelry, metalwork, music, painting (acrylic, oil, wartercolor, spray paint, etc), papermaking, photography, sewing/knitting/crochet, sculpture, spoken word, video/film, woodwork, yoga, and interdisciplinary practices. Please be advised that due to limited staff capacity, we will only respond to applications we wish to advance. Follow the link below to apply!

TEACHING ARTIST // Visual Arts


If you have any questions about our youth engagement programs or are an educator interested in bringing your class to The Union, please reach out to our Youth Engagement Coordinator Jacquline Smith at jacquline@u-ca.org or (402) 933-3161.

Want to support our Youth Programs by providing access to great tools and materials? See our Supplies List and donate! 


This program is made possible with the generous support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation and the Richard Brooke Foundation.

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