Shawna Foster, a Nebraska National Guard veteran, organized War is Trauma, a pop-up exhibit May 25 at inCOMMON featuring art created by veterans and for veterans by JustSeeds Artist Cooperative with images addressing “a range of topics and advocate for stopping the redeployment of traumatized soldiers, the GI’s right to heal, supporting past and present GI resistance, challenging the culture of militarism in the US, and ending the wars abroad.” Foster is subject of a print by Siri, an artist out of New York City, with quotes about her experience as a female in the army. The show, also including a poetry reading with local writers on war experience, is part of the national Right to Heal Tour of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Friday at The New BLK, Skate for Change presents Freestyle 50/50, one night only, featuring 50 artists crafted skateboard decks to benefit Nebraska’s homeless and underserved community. Artists include Jeremie Memming (graphic design), Nicole Gustafsson (painting/illustration), Ben Kamprath (interactive design), Meghan Stratman (printmaking/illustration), Jennifer Woockman (graphic design), Miss Cake (design/illustration), Kim Reid Kuhn (drawing/painting) and many more. Skate for Change is a local nonprofit group of skateboarders committed to giving back to the low-income and homeless in the community.

Metropolitan Community College Great Plains Theatre Conference thought out of the box this year with their nightly PlayFest performances. The eight free shows by five national playwrights will be held in culturally unique locations across Omaha May 27-June 1, with live music by local musicians and set designs by local visual artists. Kristin Pluhacek is designging the set for RASKOL by Kira Obolensky, May 27 & 28 at The Burlington Train Station. Said the artist known for her large floral paintings, “It’s a really fun project – gets me out of the box creatively, and into the theatre, which is a nice little return (I was a costume stitcher at the Rose theatre for several years).” Former Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Resident Ying Zhu is designing the set for AT THE VANISHING POINT by Naomi Iizuka, May 29 & 30 at KANEKO. Littleton Alston, public artist and sculptor is designing set for TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS May 30 & 31 on a hill on MCC’s Elkhorn Valley Campus. Artist Angeles Cossio is designing for YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD (CABIN PRESSURE) created with the GPTC Movement Wing, May 31 at Omaha Two Parking Garage downtown. Wanda Ewing, UNO Professor of Art, is designing for THE CROWD YOU’RE IN WITH, by Rebecca Gilman, June 1, set at The Union for Contemporary Art.  Reservations encouraged at

Visit for Mary Day’s review of Vincent Hron at Anderson O’Brien Old Market, Mike Krainak’s review of Out of In Focus at Bemis Underground, and more.

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