Live performances experienced safely, outdoors, on school grounds
Omaha Public School students in underserved communities rely on schools for arts enrichment experiences such as field trips to local arts institutions and visiting artists in classroom and afterschool settings. Restrictions on opportunities for access to and engagement with professional performing artists are expected to continue for the 2021-22 school year.
The Omaha Mobile Stage offers an innovative solution, safely reintroducing students to the performing arts via our Artists Return to Schools (ARTS) program. In partnership with local performing arts groups and the Omaha Public Schools Foundation, Omaha Mobile Stage will deliver a robust program of performances that can be experienced safely, outdoors, on school grounds.
For performing arts partners interested in joining the ARTS program, please contact email@example.com.
ARTS Partners currently include:
Nebraska Writers Collective, a nonprofit that provides mentorship for writers at all stages of their journey, newriters.org
Omaha Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit school that builds a diverse musical community, omahacm.org
Why Access to the Performing Arts Matters
“Even before the pandemic, many of our students across the District did not have enough access to the arts due to socioeconomic conditions beyond their control,” said Toba Cohen-Dunning, executive director of Omaha Public Schools Foundation.
“This initiative brings creative and innovative performances to every child across OPS. The arts increase communication skills, teach children how to work in partnership with each other, encourage creativity and provide incredible new experiences. The Omaha Mobile Stage is coming to Omaha at an important moment in time and we are grateful to everyone who is making this wonderful endeavor possible.”
Access to the performing arts is a critical need for underserved communities. Prior to the pandemic, Black and Hispanic students had less than half of the access to arts education than their white peers.
Findings published by the National Endowment of the Arts and Americans for the Arts indicate that low socioeconomoic status students who are engaged in arts learning have:
- increases in high school academic performance
- increases in college-going rates
- increases in college grades
- increases in holding jobs with a future
By working in partnership with a diverse range of public space managers, property types, local performers and arts nonprofits, our programming will respond to the local heritage, culture and tastes of Omaha’s unique neighborhoods.
Tour dates and performers will be announced after phase one is complete.