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2010.09.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Seeks Original Malcolm X Drawings, Paintings for Transformation Project

Omaha - Area artists are encouraged to submit up to two original drawings and paintings inspired by the life of activist Malcolm X to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The submission deadline is Nov. 15, with selected works announced Dec. 9 at the Thompson Alumni Center (6705 Dodge St.) on the UNO campus.

The three works chosen will be reproduced in the Transformation Project’s program modules and public promotional materials.

Announced in April, the Transformation Project is a new re-entry initiative at UNO which addresses community needs, including inmates in the Nebraska prison system.

Artwork Requirements
• Artists must submit high-resolution JPEG images of up to two original artworks to ctrodgers@unomaha.edu by Nov. 15; one image per email, including the artist’s name, address and phone number
• Original works must be 18-by-24 inches, vertical or horizontal
• Works must be readily recognizable as the late Malcolm X
• One of the two works must be a head-and-shoulders portrait of Malcolm X
• Works must be reducible to 8-by-11 inches and graphically suited for printed material
• Works should depict Malcolm X’s personal evolution and transformation – not his ideology
• Works may not be a replication of an existing photo

The Transformation Project will award $500 to the first-place winner; $300 for second place; and $200 for third place. Winning works will become property of the Transformation Project. Additional works may be included in an exhibition at Loves Jazz and Arts Center.

For more information, visit www.unoartgallery.org or contact Chris Rodgers, Transformation Project director: ctrodgers@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-4816.

About the Transformation Project
As part of the Transformation Project, the life of Malcolm X is studied and taught. Malcolm X strongly believed in education, commitment to purpose and self-transformation, and personal growth as the method for rising above one’s circumstances.

The project helps inmates explore beliefs, attitudes and actions that are central to successful re-entry by using the practices of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral theory. The Transformation Project uses examples and experiences of Malcolm X to help inmates determine their core values and identify choices and actions that support those values as a means to successfully re-enter communities.

The program is housed in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and is administered in collaboration with the following groups: the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The Transformation Project is made possible by a $1 million donation by Minneapolis resident and Omaha native John Morgan. Morgan, a graduate of Omaha’s North High School and 1969 graduate of UNO, said the gift enabled him to give back to the community where he grew up and to the university where he earned his degree.

Dr. Manning Marable, a leading Malcolm X expert and professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, serves as a consultant to the Transformation Project.

The project’s inaugural session lasted July through December of 2009, with 21 inmates completing the program at the Omaha Correctional Center, 2323 Ave. J. Classes were held weekly and lasted about 90 minutes. Topics included education, employment, housing, positive social networks, and mental and physical health.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/unotransformation or call (402) 554-4816 to learn more.

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