Art is a pathway to finding individual voice, which in turn can empower youth to be agents for change in their personal lives and communities. The Union provides North Omaha youth with access to creative experiences—ranging from visual and performing arts to urban agriculture and cooking—that instills them with valuable life skills. Our youth programs help lay the foundation for self-directed discovery and lifelong learning.
In our programs, we:
Engage youth in multidisciplinary, hands-on, and project-based curricula
Utilize teaching methodologies that privilege youth voices in the making of meaning and knowledge
Assist youth in establishing short- and long-term relationships with artists, educators, or mentors
Offer holistic learning experiences that simultaneously address a child’s creative, physical, emotional, relational, and intellectual well-being
Encourage active civic engagement and community leadership
Create a safe environment for youth to engage the arts and each other
Explore the arts with us this fall! Our Art Club students will gain insight into the arts and their communities through exhibitions in The Union's Wanda D. Ewing Gallery, and under the guidance of our talented teaching artist staff.
Art Club students experiment in many mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, screen printing, and fiber arts. As we move into the harvest season, we will be spending lots of time in our Abundance Garden, learning about seed to table gardening, the benefits of healthy eating, and the culinary arts with our partners at The Big Garden.
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
* The Union provides this free program for youth living or attending school in 68104, 68110, 68111, and 68112 zip codes.
Drop-In Art in the Co-Op
The Union Co-Op and Youth programs have joined together to offer Drop-In Art for kids ages 5–13 every Thursday evening from 6–8pm!
This program is designed to make our weekly Co-Op Studio workshops more accessible to parents/guardians. While you’re learning how to throw on the pottery wheel, or develop 35mm film in the darkroom, your kids are invited to work in the Youth studios under the guidance of members of our Youth program team.
When you arrive for your Thursday night Co-Op workshop, sign your kids in at the front desk. Sign in runs from 5:30–6. You must be registered for a 1.5 or 2-hour workshop during the first session (6–8pm). After your class, come back to the front desk for sign out.
Check out u-ca.eventbrite.com for a full schedule of upcoming Co-Op workshops!
Teaching Artist Applications
The Union is always seeking teaching artists and educators to work with the young people we serve (ages 6 and up). We invite applications on a rolling basis for 8 to 15-week out-of-school sessions. We are seeking 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. Thank you in advance for your interest.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation
Summer 2017: Site Works sponsored by Nebraska Arts Council