Winter Count project includes classes
Metropolitan Community College's cross-disciplinary Winter Count Buffalo Robe Project will engage students enrolled in various summer courses in creating a traditional Native American winter count. It will tell the history of the college's Fort Omaha Campus and its role in the 1879 landmark Chief Standing Bear human rights trial.
Lakota artist and professor Steve Tamayo donated the buffalo hide and will help lead this project with the college's Institute for Cultural Connections. Artist Therman Statom will commission the glass case to display the completed buffalo hide on campus.
The college, Statom and Tamayo have partnered to offer several courses listed below. To register, contact art history instructor Susan Healy at 402-289-1342 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The classes are:
» ARTS 2900: Art of the Americas, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 7 through Aug. 14 at Metro's Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort Streets.
» Winter Counts, Fort Omaha History and Traditional Art of the Northern Plains Indians Workshops for Educators, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays July 11, 18 and 25 at the Fort Omaha Campus.
» Traditional Art of the Northern Plains Indians Youth Workshop, noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26 at Therman Statom Studios, 1000 S. 20th St.
Savor the Flavor Saturday in Bluffs
Bluffs Arts Council will present Savor the Flavor, an event highlighting local artists, musicians, craft beers, fine wines and gourmet food pairings, in the historic 100 Block of West Broadway.
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, patrons can stop at participating locations to enjoy featured artists, different types of musical groups and specialty foods. Participating venues are Barley's, Bloom Works, Chamber of Commerce, Design Your Move, Dixie Quicks, 1892 Bier Haus, Fiddlin' Monkey, Glory Days, Rule 11, Scooters, Sweet Stop, T'z and Venue 162.
Advance tickets, $20, are available at bluffsarts.org using PayPal or with a credit card by calling the arts council office at 712-328-4992. Tickets will be $25 the day of the event. Check-in will be under the tent. Patrons must be 21 or older.
Proceeds will help the arts council offer programming and events, many of which are free.
Resources for teens needed for booklet
Since 1988, the National Council of Jewish Women, Omaha Section, has published and distributed the Resources Available for Teens (RAFT) booklet to junior and senior high schools in the Omaha area.
RAFT is a directory of teen resources that includes information and referral services for abuse, chemical dependency, runaways, crisis resources, educational services and other areas.
RAFT is being updated and will be going online. Current resources in the booklet are being contacted for updates.
New teen resources should contact Alice Klein, RAFT chairwoman, at email@example.com to be included in the latest RAFT edition.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax
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Editor's note, May 31: The “ARTS 2900: Art of the Americas” class at Metropolitan Community College costs $238.50 per person. The cost was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.