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 Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art. At each workshop, a museum educator will give a tour and lead a looking exercise in the gallery, a curriculum specialist will empower teachers to make direct connections to their specific classroom objectives, and 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 takes place at the Gallery 92 West in Fremont on September 9, 2015. The second workshop will be held at the McKinley Education Center in North Platte, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Workshops for the spring semester are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Hastings Museum, and Monday, April 4 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 at least 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.

To download information on the Sheldon Statewide Classroom Initiative (SSCI), click here.

For information on the 2015–16 Sheldon Statewide exhibition Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art, click here.

To download a PowerPoint presentation of images in the exhibition, click here.

The 29th 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.