November 10

A Conversation with Therman Statom and Modern Traditions: Seeing with New Eyes

KANEKO Bow Truss, 1111 Jones St.

Discussion 7p.m., exhibit through Nov. 20, FREE

thekaneko.org

Omaha’s own internationally renowned glass artist Therman Statom enjoys encouraging creativity through teaching. His studio, along with a team of art teachers and KANEKO, partnered with Omaha Public Schools Native American Indian Education Service (whose mission is “to educate, build, strengthen and advocate for our Indigenous families through cultural identity and academic success”), and Hot Shops Art Center to discover cultural identity through art with students throughout OPS.

“Therman is a positive and pro-active teacher who relates to each student on an individual basis,” Hal France, executive director of Kaneko, said. “He gives space for individual expression while being very involved and encouraging…the students had a great experience while producing a lot! I was impressed by the high spirits and focus all the way through…” The presentation includes video footage from the workshop, which took place earlier this year, along with painting, sculpture and glass blowing created by thirty Kindergarten thru twelfth grade students. According to France, KANEKO aims to continue and expand the program next summer.

-Sally Deskins


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