Aug 15 Monday
Charting Our Path: Celebrating 50 Years of Black Studies (1971-2021) is now open to the public on the first floor of Criss Library. The exhibit shares the history of one of the oldest Black Studies departments in the nation, highlighting debates over curriculum, attempts to downgrade the department to a program, and the mutual engagement between campus and community. The exhibit is composed of archival materials such as newspaper clippings, department documents, photos, and ephemera, chronicling events from the 1969 Omaha 54 campus sit-in to the celebration of those student activists 50 years later. The history of the Department of Black Studies had been characterized by constant struggle for survival, but also by the enduring engagement and support of the Omaha Black community. Learn about the civil rights origins of the department, battles for legitimacy in the eyes of the university, the role of the Omaha chapter of NAACP in the department’s survival, and much more.
CARNE y ARENA will be presented for the first time in Nebraska after numerous sold-out runs in the U.S. and abroad. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award®-winning virtual reality experience CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Originally presented at the 70th Festival de Cannes in 2017, CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) was the first VR experience ever chosen as part of the festival’s Official Selection.
In partnership with Emerson Collective, PHI Studio, and Legendary Entertainment, KANEKO presents the immersive VR experience recounting the harrowing journey of Central American and Mexican refugees. The 20-minute solo experience is based on true accounts. Called by critics “a must-see” and “genius” and described by attendees as “life-changing” and “powerful,” CARNE y ARENA blurs lines between subject and bystander as visitors walk in a vast, sand-filled space and witness a fragment of a refugee’s personal journey. Virtual and live programming will be held throughout the run of CARNE y ARENA, with additional community partners presenting content and events as it relates to their exhibitions and programs.
Please note that tickets can only be purchased in advance and released every 6-weeks. The Exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM. The KANEKO space is closed on Mondays.
COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event. Masks are recommended when visiting or attending an event at KANEKO.
KANEKO would like to recognize our partner Vic Gutman & Associates for the crucial fundraising efforts to make this project successful. We also would like to thank The Sherwood Foundation and The Holland Foundation for making it possible for this incredible experience to come to Omaha.
Aug 16 Tuesday
Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, you’re sure to love the delightful animals housed at our Ranch at Scatter Joy Acres, located in Omaha, NE. Pet, feed and learn some fun facts about the friendly inhabitants of our petting zoo. Have your camera ready! You’re sure to have plenty of can’t-miss photo ops as you meet the animals. Meet animals like horses, cows, ponies, mules, goats, sheep, turkeys, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and more exotic creatures, such as llama, emus and peacocks!
Aug 17 Wednesday
Aug 18 Thursday