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Community Village Lineup

This Maha favorite is back! Check out these featured organizations.

April 15, 2022

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention activity in 2019. Photo by Ben Semisch.

The Maha Community Village has been a festival favorite since it came onto the scene a whole decade ago. After a hiatus due to COVID, this awesome activity space is back in business. Discover these Omaha-based nonprofits, learn about their important work in the community, and explore your creativity with lots of unique, free activities.

 

Special thanks to
American-National-Bank

for supporting the Community Village at Maha Festival 2022!

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Nebraska Chapter

Be kind to yourself and spread kindness. Hearts, ribbons, flowers, decorative rocks: Choose your “canvas” to write inspirational, self-affirming messages, and then take your art home or choose to have it displayed inside the booth for all to see. Learn more about this organization:

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Create a visual interpretation of sound! Bemis Center will curate a selection of interesting sounds for you to interpret what you see when you hear them. Make a sketch or collage from art materials like markers, colored pencils, images, and fabric swatches. Learn more about this organization:

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Community Alliance

Create beaded bracelets that bring joy! Include hopeful, inspiring messages and/or dream up a simply beautiful piece unique to your own creativity. Also look for the giant Jenga game, a longtime favorite. Learn more about this organization:

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Conservation Nebraska

Experience conservation in action! Get some juice from a solar power phone charger from Nebraskans for Solar, while creating super cool native pollinator seed bombs. Learn more about this organization:

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Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

Sign a pledge for community inclusion! Leave your own creative mark on this on-site mural, and “spread the word inclusion” by signing a pledge with your own examples of what you would include. Learn more about this organization:

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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Housing = Health. Let our policymakers know! Design a colorful postcard that demonstrates the connection between stable housing and mental well-being. Then write your message on it, and your pre-addressed postcard will be delivered to a policymaker at the state or local level. Learn more about this organization:

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Joslyn Art Museum

Create a collaborative community weaving! Select from a wide variety of fabric and other nontraditional weaving materials to contribute to a large-scale collaborative art project. Each person will build off of what the last person made, resulting in a harmonious, unique, and vibrant piece. Learn more about this organization:

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Kiewit Luminarium

Engage your curiosity and explore astonishing phenomena! The Kiewit Luminarium will open in spring 2023, but you can get a preview of some of its memorable, interactive “exhiblets” at Maha, including the mirror installation “You, Me, and We,” and more. Learn more about this organization:

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League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha

Are you smarter than a politician? Step up to a special wheel of questions, take a spin, and give your answer to see how you stack up. Plus, get important civic engagement information, and take home a tote bag giveaway. Learn more about this organization:

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Nebraska Appleseed

Spin the “Wheel of Fortunate Resources in Nebraska.” This game sparks discussion and provides information about important topics like the Tenant Assistance Project (TAP) and the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline (NILAH). Take home a cool prize for participating. Learn more about this organization:

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Omaha by Design

Mark your spot on the map! Behold “We Belong,” a giant interactive map of the Omaha metro area. Push a pin where you live or work to highlight and celebrate the diverse backgrounds for all of us who call this our home. Learn more about this organization:

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Omaha Conservatory of Music/String Sprouts program

Experience an instrument petting zoo, floor piano, games, and drawings. Try out a variety of instruments, play the floor piano (like from the movie Big), and test your musical knowledge. And, enter drawings for free class registrations! Learn more about this organization:

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Omaha Public Library

Find your next favorite book! OPL will provide free personalized reading suggestions — typed up on a vintage typewriter — along with cool library swag. Learn more about this organization:

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Planned Parenthood North Central States

Help create reproductive healthcare art! Let your creativity flow when you fill out individual cards that will be transferred to an art piece that will be displayed at a Planned Parenthood health center after the festival. Learn more about this organization:

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RISE

Design your own empathy bracelet. With beads that are color-coded to represent feelings and life experiences — such as red to show you’ve lost someone, or pink to show you’re a parent — create a wearable visual representation of your past to discover commonalities and build empathy. Learn more about this organization:

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Siena Francis House

Make mental health stress balls for people without homes. These special items, which will be distributed after the event, act as coping mechanisms for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness, helping them to better manage anxiety, anger, and stress. Learn more about this organization:

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The Kim Foundation

Create your own “Calm Kit” to help with stress levels! Add calming items to your individual sack, including stress balls, Play Dough, bubbles, tea, and even mints, to have on hand when you’re feeling stressed. Learn more about this organization:

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UNeTech Institute

Map your entrepreneurship story! Using colored string and columns of pegs — with each peg representing a particular option or step — loop around each step you’ve taken in life. The result will display the colorful, varied paths toward entrepreneurship and innovation, encouraging you to think differently about your opportunities. Learn more about this organization:

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