The Blackburn Program at Omaha Public Schools is one of two recipients of the 2020-21 NebraskARTS Award, sponsored by Nebraskans for the Arts. This award recognizes schools and/or school districts that make a notable and worthwhile contribution to the arts and arts education in the state of Nebraska. The Blackburn Program was selected by a committee of arts educators from across the state.

“I’m incredibly proud of all of the students that have come through this program, that have engaged in the arts, that has hopefully taken something away from this building and taken it either into the community where they see it every day or it’s something that they hold with them,” said Hilary George, Blackburn Program art teacher.

The school was recognized during an event at Blackburn on Thursday, November 18. The event featured student artwork from locations across Omaha as well as community partner testimonials highlighting the school’s outstanding work in arts education and community impact. Students and guests also participated in a collaborative art project as part of the celebration.

"The creative projects by Blackburn students over the years have made a hugely positive impact, including beautifying the walk to school for local elementary students, raising money for Youth Emergency Services, and telling important stories through the arts,” said Petra Wahlqvist, Nebraskans for the Arts executive director. “Nebraskans for the Arts is proud to celebrate their talent, creativity, generosity, and spirit. They are true leaders and change agents."

Wausa Public Schools in Wausa, Neb. joins the Blackburn Program as a recipient of the 2021 NebraskARTS Award.