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What is the Center for Innovation in Arts Education?
The Center for Innovation in Arts Education provides a permanent institutional base for the continuation and expansion of innovation in arts education and overall educational reform in cooperation with educators across the University system, throughout the state, and nationwide. The Center, based in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha organizes, facilitates, and collaborates on arts education projects with K-16 educators, arts institutions and organizations. The Center strives to fulfill its mission of innovation and effective leadership in arts education through its areas of focus in pre-service education, the theory and practice of comprehensive arts education, and applied research in art education.

History of the Center
After the 1998 approval of the UNO Center by the Nebraska Board of Regents, it was established with funding from the Getty Education Institute for the Arts and UNO. A three-year grant from the Institute for Educational Inquiry for the Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education initiative provided for collaboration with the College of Education at UNO. This initiative resulted in a model pre-service program and the establishment of the CADRE II: The Arts, a graduate induction program in comprehensive arts education for first-year teachers.

Recognition of the Center
In 2008 the Center for Innovation in Arts Education received the Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Award for Community Engagement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.



From left to right: Chancellor John Christensen; Dr. Robert Carlson, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History; Dr. Frances Thurber, Professor Emeritus of Art Education; Shari Hofschire, Director of the Center for Innovation in Arts Education; Dr. Joanne Sowell, Professor of Art History; Dr. Gail Baker, Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Dr. Terry Hynes, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.



Roscoe Shields Award presented by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association in 2011 “In appreciation of sustained service and commitment to art education in Nebraska”


Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 North Dodge
Omaha NE 68182-0011
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