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Clay and Fun Are My Livelihood

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Iggy’s Story It started in Detroit as a kid when I took a class in ceramics. I was attracted to fire and heat and the fact that you need muscle to carry around the heavy clay. My instructor was someone I could ask questions of, like if certain ideas were good or if the piece […]

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Textiles Are My Livelihood

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Carolyn’s Story My passion for textiles began before I really can remember. My earliest memories are watching my mother’s hands fly as she fed fabric under the needle on her sewing machine. I was sure she was going to catch her finger instead of fabric! My father couldn’t pound a nail into the wall without […]

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Telling Stories Through Art Is My Livelihood

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Watie’s Story When I moved to Omaha from Chicago in 2006, I started getting opportunities to make art in public. One project was an operetta called The Blizzard Voices based on Ted Kooser’s collection of poems. It became a time sequence of charcoal drawings of figures and faces and landscapes that would pair well with the poetry. Then I […]

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Encouraging Artists Is My Livelihood

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Amanda’s Story What is part discoverer, part advocate, part storyteller? My livelihood as an art curator.  My childhood experiences in museums and living history farms made the past come alive. As an undergraduate art student, I was given the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum. I found my calling in the process.

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Collage Art Is My Livelihood

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Bradley’s Story Livelihood can be defined as the means of securing the necessities of life. I earn my living arranging waves of boxes into very thin long lines, which flow from city to city, state to state across the nation; coordinating intermodal containers for the Union Pacific Railroad. And while I have a career in logistics that provides […]

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Drawing Is My Livelihood

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Bruce’s Story Each of us has an itch that needs to be scratched. I may be presuming a lot here, but good hygiene aside, I believe we all have a need—an “itch”—of one sort or another that’s woven into the fabric of who we are. My “itch” happens to be drawing. For as long as I can remember, […]

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Creating a Course of Life Is My Livelihood

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Russ’s Story “Livelihood” is a word I’ve heard all my life. I looked at the origin of the word and found livelihood is an alteration of Middle English – livelode, or “course of life.” How did my course of life end up in the arts? When thinking about this my mind goes to memory fragments from my very […]

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Co-creation Is My Livelihood

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Ryan’s Story The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was rich. In my family, there were two distinct sides—the haves and the have nots. My parents worked in public education, so you can guess which side we were on. It seemed to me that the haves—the oil executives, the software […]

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The Lessons of Art Are My Livelihood

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Jody’s Story As a teenager I loved art and science. The pressure that art was not a career led me to believe science was the logical choice to pursue. So I left the arts behind and went off to college. Not long after, I ran into a different set of life’s pressures. When I was only twenty years […]

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Audio/Video Is My Livelihood

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Nate’s Story When you think about what it means to make something, your mind usually drifts to the tangible items that are created every day: a bridge, an automobile, a painting. But my livelihood revolves around making things that are not tangible. Audio and video create an experience, a feeling, and hopefully a reaction. As a […]

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