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Unexpected Ways to Engage with Art

Over the last 88 years, Joslyn Art Museum has vaulted well beyond mere “attraction,” establishing itself as a priceless piece in our region’s eclectic arts and cultural array.

Emphasizing accessibility with no-cost general admission, Joslyn is renowned for its permanent collections (including masterworks by Rembrandt, Monet, Wood and Pollock) and dynamic special exhibitions (currently Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century – through August 11, 2019).

“Connecting people with art is always our primary goal,”says Nancy Round, Joslyn’s Director of Education & Outreach.

Get set to make your art connections complete with these upcoming opportunities:

Connect with this area’s diverse community at the Omaha World Refugee Day celebration on Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get to know your new neighbors at a culture fair; through music, dance, and fashion performances; or at one of four talks sharing refugee perspectives and ways to get involved.

Plus, don’t miss New American Dish, from June 11 – 15, 11 a.m.  – 2 p.m., in Joslyn’s Café Durham. Culinary collaborator Pratik Rayamajhi will work alongside the Café staff to serve up momo – a traditional Nepalese street treat. Lunch purchases will benefit Lutheran Family Services. (World Refugee Day is free; lunch price TBD.)

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Bring the whole family to a heart-filled Storytelling Concert on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. With astonishing mouth noises and heart-filled stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. He has performed countless times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee… now see him at Joslyn. ($5 Joslyn members, Nebraska StoryArts members, students, seniors; $7 general public adults)

Experience the contemporary performance festival Omaha Under the Radar on Thursday, July 25, at 5 p.m. Festival artists will spread throughout the galleries and sculpture garden presenting works for solo percussion and dance, as well as a new work created in response to Joslyn’s The Art of Seating exhibition. Featuring Nicholas Swoboda, Nathan Brumbaugh, and artists from the SOUNDRY Institute, this family-friendly event will explore surprising directions in performance. (Event is free to all; guests wishing to see the Art of Seating must obtain a ticket – free to Joslyn members and children; $5 discounted price for general public adults.)

See the work of some of Omaha’s most creative teens. Students in Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program will showcase their music, fashion, and animations at a Teen Salon at Joslyn on Saturday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m.

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On Friday, August 2, 6 – 9 p.m., drop by the Kent Bellows Studio (3303 Leavenworth) for the Young Artist Exhibition and Reception featuring work in a variety of media. Buy some art to support the young artists and the program! (Both events are free.)

Strengthen your body and center your mind during Garden Yoga with instructors from Yoga Now. At 10:30 a.m., every Sunday morning in August and September, meet in Joslyn’s sculpture garden for an hour-long, beginner-friendly yoga session. Stay after for a stroll through the galleries or bring a lunch and picnic in the garden. In case of rain, sessions move indoors to the fountain court. ($5 donation suggested.)

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“Since Joslyn is a gathering place for the community — people of all ages, interests, abilities, backgrounds, and learning styles — we work to develop a great variety of programming to provide many points of entry to a Museum experience,” Round says. “Once someone has experienced the Museum in a meaningful way, they are far more likely to return and try something new.”


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