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2010.08.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Roseanne Cash, Fletcher Benton, Daniel Levitin Lead KANEKO's New Season

Omaha - From animators to authors, sculptors to songwriters, KANEKO’s Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 season is no exception to the everything-begins-with-an-idea maxim. Featuring legendary musical artists, such as Rosanne Cash, up-and-comers (including trend-setting animator Josh Cooley), scientists, sculptors and humanitarians from a wide range of genres and interests, the organization’s commitment to providing “open space for your mind” continues.

“Last July, in collaboration with the artist Therman Statom and Omaha Public Schools, KANEKO hosted a small pilot education program in visual arts for 20 Native American children. This season, KANEKO is again featuring world-class artists, musicians, scientists and writers,” says Jacquie Scoones, associate director, KANEKO, adding such a “juxtaposition of program types is an important aspect of our mission: nurturing creativity in 10-year-olds, as well as in the internationally recognized and their audiences.”

Scoones points out KANEKO’s “lecture and conversation series, roundtable discussions, workshops and education programs provide a wide range of opportunities for the curious to explore creativity in many forms and through a variety of experiences.”

Leading the program series is author and Grammy-winning recording artist Rosanne Cash, together with Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., neuroscientist, musician and author of This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. The pair opens KANEKO’s season with a special events series September 14-16, highlighted by a joint Great Minds Presentation September 15.

“I think the first Great Minds Presentation ‘Composing Identity’ with songwriter Rosanne Cash and neuroscientist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin (kicking off the Creativity and the Brain season and in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine) will be a revealing night with two incredible people,” says Hal France, executive director, KANEKO.

As the critically acclaimed author of Composed, a memoir the Philadelphia Enquirer calls “beautifully observed,” Cash’s writing speaks to a range of thinkers and creatives, while Levitin’s best-selling books on music and the brain (together with his extensive, auditory research) make him an expert in the field of auditory memory. The Cash/Levitin endeavor features workshops tailored for students and writers, a roundtable discussion and special, hands-on opportunities for area educators and musicians.

KANEKO’s September slate is complemented by the opening of Omaha’s first-ever, large-scale Fletcher Benton exhibit September 3. Recipient of the 2008 International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture, Benton is both renowned and revered for his massive, masterful sculptures - - pieces that are critically applauded for being as approachable as they are visually enticing.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the remarkable American artist Fletcher Benton and an exhibit titled Folded Square Alphabets and Numericals to Omaha for a series of programs and events,” says France, adding Benton will speak about art and inspiration on October 29 at KANEKO.

Also in September, KANEKO partners with the (downtown) omaha lit fest (www.omahalitfest.com) to jointly sponsor Gary Frost, 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Book Arts. The September 10-11event, hosted by KANEKO, features authors, illustrators, exhibits and discussions.

Cartoonists, graphic artists and animators will appreciate KANEKO’s partnership with The North Central Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society conference October 1-2 featuring Pixar Animation Studios film animator Josh Cooley (Up, Ratatouille), while author and veteran columnist Joan Acocella (The New Yorker) is the featured Great Minds presenter October 27.

“As always, KANEKO strives to both ignite and foster the fires that spark inspiration,” explains France. “This year’s focus on creativity and the brain is no exception, and our season-opening events illustrate opportunities for new ways of seeing, thinking and growing - - as individuals and as a world of innovators.”

Subsequent events include humanitarian Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea (presented in partnership with the Phoenix Academy Day School), as well as additional, open-space-for-the-mind activities and events. The spring season features Affinity of Form, an exhibition of photographs by Stanford Lipsey, and an April workshop and summer premiere of a new work by Philip Glass for the violinist Tim Fain through KANEKO’s Experimental Studio.

KANEKO’s programs are funded in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Interview and Program Information
Select interview opportunities with KANEKO’s September and October presenters Rosanne Cash, Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., Josh Cooley, Joan Acocella and Fletcher Benton are available. Contact Jacquie Scoones, associate director, KANEKO, for more information. Visit www.thekaneko.org for information on program availability and costs.

About KANEKO
A non-profit cultural organization founded by internationally-renowned artist Jun Kaneko and his wife Ree, Omaha-based KANEKO promotes creativity in the arts, sciences and philosophy. KANEKO’s mission: to foster “open space for your mind” by providing public access to innovative thinkers and performers and by generating individual and collaborative ideas and projects. As such, KANEKO hosts resident artists, sponsors events series, presents lectures, conversations, exhibitions, performances; and, engages in education, community outreach and partnerships. KANEKO celebrates the adventurous, creative spirit that established Omaha more than 150 years ago and makes the city a leader today in the arts, business, education and technology. Learn more about KANEKO at www.thekaneko.org.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Scoones: jacquie@thekaneko.org or (402) 341-3800, ext. 103.

Style Note
The proper name, “KANEKO,” always appears in all capital letters.

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