Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative


Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative (SSCI) is a program developed in response to the recent establishment of Nebraska’s fine arts education standards. These standards have as their core objective that “students will develop and apply ideas, knowledge, and skills to create, respond to, present, and connect art with the human experience."

The goal of SSCI is to provide training to Nebraska teachers to integrate fine arts into a broad range of curricula by providing on-site workshops in four communities hosting the Sheldon Statewide exhibition Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime. At each workshop, a curriculum specialist will empower teachers to make direct connections to their specific classroom objectives, using the exhibition as a springboard. A teaching artist will provide art-making activities relating to the artwork and themes of the exhibition. These activities will be transferrable to K-12 classrooms in a variety of subject areas.

The first workshop took place at the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA) conference in Aurora on September 26 and 27, 2014. Workshops for the spring semester are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Chadron State College and Tuesday, March 10 at Falls City Library and Arts Center. All workshops are free and include lunch.

Bus grants are available to assist with expenses through Nebraska Arts Council, but must be applied for early due to a four-week application deadline. See details at

For more information or to register, email Mary Stoner at Please register two weeks in advance and provide the following: your name, school, grade level and subject areas in which you teach, email address, phone number and any dietary restrictions.

For information on the 2014–15 Sheldon Statewide exhibition Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime, click here.

The 28th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition and the Classroom Arts Initiative workshops are made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska and James and Rhonda Seacrest.