Posts Tagged ‘Art’

The following is an event posted on MACCH’s Listserve.

What is it like to be a homeless person? Why are people homeless?

Omaha Public Library (OPL), in collaboration with University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health Interprofessional Service Learning Academy (IP-SLA) and the Siena/Francis House (SFH), is helping put a face to homelessness in Omaha.

Throughout February, the Michael Phipps Gallery at the W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., will feature “Finding a Voice,” an art exhibit by Chris Leet and Jeremiah Neal. There will be an opening reception and panel discussion on homelessness on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Chris Leet was born in Omaha in 1973. He has been an artist most of his life, creating album covers and concert posters. Leet was completing his drug recovery program and living at the shelter when he re-discovered himself through the “Finding a Voice” project, an inter professional collaboration that links health care, social work and communication students with people who are homeless and are receiving services at SFH. Leet is now a dean’s list student at Metropolitan Community College.

Jeremiah Neal was a homeless guest at SFH. While battling with addiction and other personal struggles, Neal was encouraged by SFH staff to embrace his artistic talent and has created art that has attracted positive attention in our community.

Both artists are sober, living independently in Omaha, and working to empower other homeless people to find their voice and start new journeys.

The panel discussion on homelessness and transformation will include eight panelists with unique perspectives on the project and its implications:
Nancy Farris, College of Nursing UNMC; Terry Johnson, case manager at SFH; Andrea Laccheri, University of Nebraska at Omaha doctoral student; Chris Leet, artist; Ruth Margalit, IP-SLA director; Jerry Neal, artist; Rita Paskowitz, professional storyteller; and Mike Saklar, executive director of SFH. Gary Wasdin, Omaha Public Library executive director, will moderate the panel discussion.

For information visit:
or Contact:
Emily Getzschman @ 402.444.4896,
Or Linda Trout, 402.444.4838,

On August 7th the Siena/Francis House in Omaha, Ne. will be holding its Third Annual Art Exhibition and Sale in memory of Ed Keck (Bill Keck’s brother – Bill is director of the Miracles Treatment Center).

This exhibition will begin at noon at the Tip Top Building, 1510 Cuming Street and is in conjunction with North Downtown Days (Click here for details of all the other events for North Downtown Days that will take place at Hot Shops, Slow Down, Film Streams, Urban Outfitters, etc.)

The Siena/Francis House Singers will be performing at 2 PM and 5 PM while others will perform at 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

We will have featured artists at the Hot Shops and Studio 906.

All are invited to attend.  The Siena/Francis House would appreciate your helping them to get the word out  on this event.

You can check out The Siena/Francis House art and video gallery  here.