About Arts in Motion

Mission Statement

Arts in Motion uses art to strengthen communities by empowering individuals to break down cultural barriers and improve critical thinking and communication skills.

Vision

Our vision is to create a community where everyone experiences the benefits of the arts.

Values

We believe that diversity – in background, culture, experience and viewpoint – is essential to a vital and creative community.

The History

Arts in Motion uses art to break down cultural barriers, improve critical thinking and communication skills, empower individuals and strengthen communities. Our primary program, Dancing Classrooms, helps young people develop confidence, respect, and a love for the art of dance.

Incorporated in 2005 as a local nonprofit arts education organization, the ARTery originally focused on community outreach. During its first three years, the ARTery collaborated with Girls Inc., Camp Fire USA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Kids Club program within the Omaha Public School system. Through these partnerships, the ARTery taught art, music, and dance to fifth and eighth graders. In 2006, the ARTery introduced a program established in New York called Dancing Classrooms to four Omaha elementary schools, and the enthusiastic reception and initial success of the program pointed the way for the ARTery as the young organization determined its direction. Since then, the ARTery has focused its activities solely on the growth of Dancing Classrooms and its related Saturday programs which allow Dancing Classrooms graduates to continue their dance instruction.

In 2006, the ARTery underwent the process of training and licensing to make Omaha an official Dancing Classrooms location, becoming the first city outside of New York to offer the program.

As of 2015, the ARTery has expanded Dancing Classrooms to 80 classrooms in 33 Omaha area schools, reaching over 2,000 students annually. Dancing Classrooms enjoys a strong endorsement from the Omaha Public School system, including that of the Superintendent and the Coordinator of Physical Education and Athletics. This institutional support, and the rousing endorsement from students, teachers, principals and parents, has enabled Arts in Motion to expand the Dancing Classrooms program at a healthy but sustainable pace. The past few years have seen expansion into District 66, Millard, Council Bluffs, and several private schools.

Why change a good thing?

The short answer is to make it better.

Spring of 2016 brought about a reevaluation of the organization and changes were put in place to better fulfill the organizations goals. Formerly known as The ARTery, Arts in Motion went through a rebranding in Spring 2016. We  look forward to your continued support of our organization in the years to come.