It has been a while since Kaneko Executive Director Stephan Grot has had a chat with Mike Hogan on KIOS’ “Live & Local” feature.  But with flood recovery news, the celebration of Jun Kaneko getting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, and the Annual Soiree planned for October 22nd, it was high-time Stephan paid a virtual visit to Omaha Public Radio!

That interview is below and if you want any more information on the current happenings at Kaneko, there is also a link for your personal use,

KANEKO invites families to bring the kiddos to the KANEKO on Saturday mornings for exclusive family time to enjoy the exhibits and take part in some family activities.

KANEKO Education Manager, Katherine Scarpello explains on “Live & Local” how the times from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings is set aside for parents and caregivers of small children (under 12) to move freely within the galleries and enjoy the current Community exhibits and the KANEKO- UNO Creative Library that has a dedicated space for kids!  KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library offers thoughtfully curated children’s books about creativity in a relaxed environment. 

More information can be found at

KANEKO is hosting the 2021 Creative Camps this summer and they have expanded the age range of welcome campers!  They have also announced that the camp has moved to a 100% donation-based model to make Creative camps available to all learners in the community regardless of their financial ability.

Katherine Scarpello, Education Manager at KANEKO, chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the new financial terms, the additional grade levels that are welcome, and how one can get their children in this safe and socially distanced, creative summer camp.

Camps are held Monday - Friday 9 AM-4 PM, lunch and snacks are provided and camp t-shirts will also be provided for each camper.  More information is available at

Kaneko’s new exhibition, Community, will progressively open throughout October with three special Openings of exhibits by Watie White, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, and Therman Statom.  On October 29th their first-floor galleries will open to the public and by the end of November, the Tessellation Project installation and Juan Sanchez’s exhibit will open in our second-floor galleries.  Welcome back to KANEKO!

Every autumn KANEKO celebrates a new year of exciting and inspiring exhibits and events in their space by throwing a Soirée for the Omaha Community.  This year, they have creatively redesigned this singular event into a menu of smaller offerings to invite you into their space while ensuring safety and physical distance – welcome to Soirée Season!

Executive Director of KANEKO, Stephan Grot joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this new format, the need to change the format, and how KANEKO is adapting to the changing world situation.

KANEKO has designed experiences for sponsors and the general public that include performance, educational opportunities, music, good food, drink and more.  The Soirée Experiences will help keep KANEKO accessible to the public and able to provide free, thought-provoking exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and programs for the community.

If one is seeking more information, one can go to

Every summer Kaneko provides students with the opportunity to engage with local professionals in STEAM + Creativity related fields to delve deeper into the design process and its real-world applications.  Students will engage with local professionals to learn about the principles and processes of design, creativity, and much more.  Each 5-day camp provides a group of 20 students a variety of exciting exercises and activities.

Katherine Scarpello, Education & Public Program Coordinator, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the programs, how they are funded, and one can get their children involved.

More information can be found at

Opera Omaha is thrilled to open its 2019/2020 season with the return of Jun Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly, his premiere opera production design, which debuted at Opera Omaha in 2006.  Since it’s opening, Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly has painted the stages of San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera, Opera Philadelphia and many others, garnering national acclaim and adoration.

Executive Director of Opera Omaha, Roger Weitz and KANEKO’s Executive Director, Stephan Grot join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the collaborative effort that has included activities all month long and culminates with two long awaited performances of the Puccini opera on November 1st and 3rd and the Kaneko's Great Minds Series "Madama Butterfly: The Suicide that Stays News" on November 6th.

More information can be found at and at

Taking on the idea of Re•Purpose in a new and innovative way, KANEKO invites you to join in an evening of creative discussion and interactive art-making with internationally recognized multimedia artist Phil Hansen, artist, lecturer, and Ted Talk phenom.

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of KANEKO, stopped by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the presentation, a funny story regarding some of Phil Hansen's displayed art, and the Great Minds program as a whole. 

The doors open at 6:30 tonight and more information is available at

Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author and President of PEN America, will be giving a free reading from her most recent novel "Manhattan Beach" at KANEKO on July 18 and will be presenting on the mission of PEN America on July 19th.  Both events are free to the public, however, registration is required.

Kevin Clouther, Assistant Professor, from the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of having Jennifer here to Omaha and the collaboration that took place to make this visit possible.

More information can be found at

Be among the first to see Re•Purpose and get a chance to meet contributing artists.  Re•Purpose is ultimately an examination of human ingenuity, as the means and methods of circular growth unattached inspires purposeful introspection and conscious reinvention.

The Re•Purpose season will feature works by local and internationally recognized artists who incorporate recycled or otherwise reinvented materials.  From plastic bottles to keyboards, these artists have been inspired by the idea of revitalization, industrialization, and the meaning we place on items––both in art and in our everyday lives.  Re•Purpose will explore how the lives of individuals and communities can be re•purposed by showcasing and collaborating with partners who are striving to make Omaha a more unified and sustainable city.

Executive Director of Kaneko, Stephan Grot, chats with Mike Hogan during a special early edition of "Live & Local" about this new exhibition, the mission of Kaneko, and what one can expect when enjoying an exhibition at Kaneko.  This event is free.

More information can be found at

How do acoustics influence our emotions? How does sound work in our mind before we are born? What are the universal qualities of music across our cultures?  Through a unique and multi-faceted experience, KANEKO is proud to announce the upcoming Great Minds Series.  All are invited to join the collaborative lecture featuring nationally famed scholar Steve Everett in conjunction to an illustrative performance by one of the world’s leading pianists, Stefano Miceli; topics will touch upon the cognitive benefits of sound and music and how they function on social, psychological and cultural levels throughout our lives.  

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of Kaneko, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this February 28th event which begins at 6:00 p.m.  More informaion is available at 

The Open Space Soirée is the Kaneko’s annual fundraising event, with all proceeds benefiting community programming.  Entertainment from magician and mentalist Rmax Goodwin and a one-of-a-kind dining experience is also provided.  Event co-Chair Cassie Kohl and Development Director Elisabeth Barret join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Kaneko and the September 28th event.  

More information can be found at

Enjoy some NOISE at the KANEKO this Saturday

Sep 14, 2018

NOISE is the next performance in the Generator Series, a collaboration between KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar.

Omaha Symphony principal flutist Maria Harding joins Mike Hogan to discuss "Tango Romantico."

Wout Westin Opens Kaneko's "Light" exhibition

Dec 1, 2017

Circus Family founder and artist Wout Westin flies in from Amersterdam to join Mike Hogan on Morning Edition and discuss his interactive presentation opening December 5th at Kaneko.