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Student artwork currently on display at Gallery 92 West. 

Tuesday, March 13, is the Nebraskans for the Arts Arts Advocacy Day, and the Fremont Area Art Association (FAAA) has big plans.

And while the special day isn’t until next week, the group plans to start raising awareness about arts advocacy this weekend, as it celebrates students’ artwork at a reception.

The reception, this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the FAAA’s Gallery 92 West, will showcase an ongoing exhibition featuring pieces made by Fremont’s public school kids from kindergarten to 12th grade. The exhibit, which is filled with hundreds of student pieces, will be open until April 4 to commemorate March being National Youth Art Month.

At the reception, which the FAAA expects will draw a large crowd, guests will be able to fill out postcards, detailing their support of the arts, in anticipation of Arts Advocacy Day. Those postcards are expected to be mailed to Nebraska’s elected officials.

“While we’ve got captive audiences we’re going to do some things at the reception for [National Arts Advocacy Day] while celebrating the kids’ artwork,” said Barb Tellatin of FAAA.

The FAAA has been having people fill out postcards over the past two months, and already delivered some to state Sen. Lynne Walz, Tellatin said.

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“There’s going to be a big delivery made in Washington to our Nebraska legislators up there,” Tellatin said. “It’s left absolutely blank so that people can write on the postcard whatever they would like to write in support of the arts.”

The group Nebraskans for the Arts is working with arts organizations to hold events in support of the arts around the state. In Omaha, for instance, KANEKO will host arts advocacy events on March 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., displaying booths from arts organizations across the city, stations to make phone calls or write letters to legislators and more.


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