By Tressa Eckerman, Contributor
In addition to being a new and exciting addition to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Community Engagement Center also features innovative and unique art from students, alumni, the community and faculty in and around Omaha.
“It really reflects the community,” said Sara Woods, assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement.
There are around 10 pieces from current and former students, including a signature piece called “The Reflections of Us,” by UNO alumna Ying Zhu, who is considered to be one of the top young artists in the region.
The committee, which convened to choose the art, was dedicated to picking art that portrayed the spirit of Omaha and UNO. Another signature piece was created by Mary Zicafoose, called “Red Tapestry Wall” and is located in the second floor atrium.
There is also the 120 Graffiti art mural created in conjunction with students of Camp Bellows Youth. The program was created to help at risk youth; the mural carries on the themes of the center—inclusion, partnership, community, collaboration and unity.
“The art in the Community Engagement Center is so unique, [reflecting] the diversity of the community,” Woods said. “The art is created by students from all over the world…and across all racial and ethnic lines.”