What is Prairie Visions?
The Prairie Visions Institute has served as Nebraska’s leader in comprehensive arts education and interdisciplinary learning for over 20 years. The professional development workshop is attended by arts educators, classroom teachers, administrators, and program specialists from museums and arts organizations. While most participants come from Nebraska and western Iowa, educators from as far away as China have attended the professional development institute. The Center provides the curriculum development, administration, organization and coordination of the week-long summer institute in June. Participants engage in interactive learning in the visual arts, music, dance / movement, drama and storytelling, using multicultural perspectives, interdisciplinary connections, and thematic curriculum development.


Each year Prairie Visions presents an innovative new program with a thematic curriculum and a pedagogical focus.

2005 Guided Research 2005 Connecting to Community
2006 Frameworks for Building Curriculum 2006 Sense of Time / The Shape of Space
2007 21st-Century Literacies
2007 Worlds Real and Imagined
2008 Object / Site-Centered Learning 2008 Crossroads: How the Past Becomes the Future
2009 Differentiation 2009 Public Art: Defining & Redefining Community Identity
  2010 Strategic Planning Workshop

2011 Cross-cultural Curriculum 2011 Through a Cultural Lens: Memories,Traditions, and Experiences in Art
2012 The Creative Process 2012 Symbols, Icons & Logos: Making Meaning with Images
2013 STEM => STEAM 2013 The Art & Spirit of Nature
2014 Expanding Literacy Through Pop Culture 2014 Stories: Real & Imagined

Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 North Dodge
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554-2420 Fax: (402) 554-3436
Info: skurtz@mail.unomaha.edu