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2010.07.20> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

TAGGFEST to Celebrate Nonviolence July 28

Omaha - Members from the Boys & Girls Club the Midlands and 22 graduate students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) have collaborated for three weeks this summer on projects that promote nonviolence in the community.

To celebrate their work, on Wednesday, July 28, the club members and graduate students will hold TAGGFEST, an event that will highlight the creative talents of the youth involved with the program. TAGG stands Teens Against Gangs and Graffiti. The graduate students are taking the course “Language, Culture, and Power” in the Department of Teacher Education.

The South Omaha Boys & Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St., will host TAGGFEST starting at 11:15 a.m. The event will showcase spoken word, poetry, skits, artwork, t-shirt design and photography. The events is free and open to the public.

“TAGGFEST is a worthwhile event that illuminates the positive that youth bring forward to the community,” said Gigi Brignoni, assistant professor in the UNO College of Education. “This has been a great experience for the club members and for the graduate students.”

For more information, contact Brignoni at (402) 554-2604 or Paco Fuentes, site director of the Boys & Girls Club, at (402) 733-8333. Community Partners for TAGGFEST include the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and the UNO College of Education.

TAGGFEST has been funded by the Learn and Serve Higher Education Grant through the UNO Service-Learning Academy.

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