Monday, April 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm  —FREE

NCAG, Army One Source and Nebraska State Alliances will co-host a provider symposium focused on building Nebraska’s capacity to support military personnel and families. Subject-matter experts will address the needs of current and former service members, their families providing insight and offering resources to better support Nebraska’s military population. The event is free and open to the public.

On Monday April 17, 2017 a group of key organizations, including Army OneSource, will host a community provider symposium with experts from around the state. For those who work in the critical areas of behavioral health, finance, employment, legal and faith, it’s an opportunity to gain an understanding of the unique needs of our
military population, explore reintegration challenges and learn about resources available to support those who serve or have served our nation.

Keynote speaker, Senator John McCollister will kick off the event at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge at 8:30 a.m. Breakout sessions will start shortly after and continue until 4:00 p.m. at both the Rotert Memorial Art Gallery and the Eagles Lodge.

The goal of the symposium is to bring community leaders together to educate, share ideas and provide tools to address the challenges faced by our Service members, their Families and Veterans.

We have a tremendous day scheduled with four breakout sessions and presentations from experts across the state. Some of the guest speakers include:

• Troy Muller,  NCAG Art Director
• Brandy Wallar, Clinical Director & Development, New Visions Homeless Services
• Chaplain Phillip Houser, State Chaplain, Nebraska National Guard
• Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration
• Jack Hogston, Financial Coach, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
• Jim Cada, Managing Partner, Cada Cada Hoffman & Jewson
• Salle Stewart, Owner, The 700 Score Company
• Teresa Perez, Regional Manager, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
• Thomas “TJ”Ewin, Community Liaison Military and Veteran Affairs, City of Omaha Mayor’s Office

For more information, contact Greg Marino, Army OneSource (AOS) State Community Support Coordinator, at 314-456-3978 or email:  An agenda and other materials relevant to the symposium are available upon request.


30 photographs from the Greater Metro Area and 30 from Heart, Afghanistan were selected for printing based on artistry, image quality, and how well the images paired with each other.  The  photographers from the USA selected for printing include:

Ashley Bales
Nicole Bednar
Dana Damewood
Danielle Hane
Alaina Hickman
Taura Horn
Kala Howard
Jess Lightner
Charmaine Masters
Monica Maxwell
Kat Moser
Erika Pritchard
Sharon Robino-West
Chelsea Sorensen
Julie Verebely

All submitted works, including those not printed, will be displayed in a rolling digital display. All photographers that submitted photos may proudly claim to have participated in this international exhibition.

On behalf of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Herat, Afghanistan Sister Cities in partnership with New Century Art Guild, Karadah Project International, and Veterans for American Ideals, we thank you for participating in My Sister’s Smile — an exhibition of photography celebrating International Women’s Day.


The exhibit will be displayed simultaneously at the Iowa Western Community College Arts Center, UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center and in Herat, Afghanistan. The exhibit will remain on view at IWCC from March 8 to April 8, 2017. The exhibition will be mirrored at UNO during CASA Week, March 13-18, 2017.

Please join us for an opening reception of My Sister’s Smile, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Wed. March 8, 2017 at Iowa Western Community College’s Arts Center, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA

A Screening and Panel Discussion of the documentary Salam Neighbor begins at 7pm.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, all printed images will be donated and permanently archived in the Library of the City of Council Bluffs, IA, and/or the Center for Afghan Studies at UNO, Omaha, NE.







NGAG Sponsors “My Sister’s Smile” –An Exhibition of Photography Celebrating International Women’s Day

Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish
Images: LEFT, Danielle Hane, RIGHT, Somaia Ramish

Council Bluffs, IA, and Herat, Afghanistan Sister Cities
in partnership with New Century Art Guild, Karadah
Project International, and Veterans for American Ideals
present women photographers artfully documenting
moments of their daily lives through the medium of
photography imparting perspective of each other’s
culture–underscoring the commonality of our lives overall.

Opening Reception beginning at 6:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday March 8, 2017

At Iowa Western Community College Arts Center
2700 College Road, Council Bluffs IA, 51503

A Screening and Panel Discussion of the
documentary Salam Neighbor begins at 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

NCAG Co-sponsors International Photography Exhibition and Cultural Exchange

Regional Call for Entries | My Sister’s Smile- International Women’s Day Photo Exhibition

Women photographers from Council Bluffs, IA (and the Greater Metropolitan area) and from Herat, Afghanistan will artfully document moments of their daily lives through the medium of photography in order to impart perspective of each other’s culture -underscoring the commonality of our lives overall. The opening exhibition is planned to coincide with “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2017

Topical themes: Submitted photos will represent each photographer’s unique response to one or more of five topical themes:
1. “How I Greet the Day…”
2. “The Wisdom of Age”
3. “The Spark of Youth”
4. “Celebrating my Loved Ones”
5. “Practicing My Faith”

SELECTION PROCESS This call for entry is open to all women photographers in the Council Bluffs and Greater Metro area, both amateur and professional. A panel of women photographers and professional artists, selected by NCAG, will curate the exhibition. 60 images total will be selected to be physically printed and matted and/or framed, however, others may be included as part of a rolling presentation on a digital display.

SUBMISSION PROCESS There is no entry fee. Photos must be digitized as JPEG or PDF files with high image quality. Be sure to have a creative title for each image submitted and please note which of the five topical categories each image represents. Also, please include a 2-3 sentence description of each image.

Online Submission: A Jot-Form photo submission portal:

Images may also be submitted via email:


Entries Due | February 17, 2017

Exhibition Dates | March 8– April 8, 2017

Public + Artists’ Reception | March 8, 2017

6:00-8:00pm Wednesday, March 8
The Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Refreshments will be served.

Or call: 712-249-7435

ART DIRECTOR: Troy Muller, NCAG Art Director,
Or call: 402-250-9473

USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition will be provided with any use. Artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant NCAG the right to use, or not use, their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting NCAG programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on NCAG’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for NCAG. Physical Printed photos will become property of an archival collection that will be donated to the City of Council Bluffs IA and/or Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska-Omaha.

ABOUT NEW CENTURY ART GUILD (NCAG) The New Century Art Guild, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) non- profit corporation registered in the State of Iowa and the State of Nebraska. NCAG is home based at 117 N. Main Street, Kimballton, Iowa, 51543. Our purpose is to provide training in art and business education to motivated military veteran artists in order that they may successfully pursue new careers in the fine arts as artists, teachers, or administrators. A powerful side benefit from these activities is a substantial reduction of the depression associated with PTSD and the re-integration of these veterans into a fulfilling and useful role in civilian society.

ABOUT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving as the national membership organization for 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with 2,121 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers. Sister Cities International serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy. The Council Bluffs Sister Cities Association maintains Sister Cities partnerships with Herat, Afghanistan; Karadah (Baghdad), Iraq; El Hajeb, Morocco; Tobolsk, Russia.


Mentor Larry Ferguson and mentee Erin Colson pose in front of their work. Photo Courtesy Joslyn Art Museum
Mentor Larry Ferguson and mentee Erin Colson pose in front of their work. Photo Courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

The collaborative exhibition between NCAG and Joslyn Art Museum, “ArtPost,” has received recognition in the journal of the Association of Art Museum Director’s Community News section. The article featured the top nationwide community based events in American Art museums November of 2016.  A link to the article may be found here:

Some of the comments from the Joslyn Artpost visitor comment book:
•Wonderful collection of art!
•Metro Photo Club loves Erin!!
•Great job! Thank you for your service and sharing your work!
•Made me cry & smile & be proud of our men & women in service.
•This place is amazing
•Absolutely beautiful and moving!
•Amazing work—thank you for showcasing our veterans work!
•The exhibit was amazing. I’m a vet and it really takes me to a great place to see all the great art pieces
•Wonderful exhibit
•Art allows the soul to exhale. Sometimes in joy, sometimes in sorrow, sometimes in anger, sometimes in love. But it gives us an avenue, a release. Awe work by all. Thank you for sharing J
•Love the exhibit
•Very lovely
•I think what you’re doing is wonderful. The art that stems from the turmoil veterans and their families have faced is truly remarkable
•Wow! What talent! One of my favorite exhibitions.
•Maravillosa exhibicion!
•Autumn Haze is my favorite, beautiful colors! Happy my friend showed me this. I’ve never experienced an art museum until today
•Impressive, an eclectic series of photographs really bring to life the daily battle veterans go through
•Wonderful & inspiring exhibit by Erin Colson—Thank you for your art & service!
•So wonderful, thank you
•Nice exhibit! Comparable to the New Century Art Guild Gallery in Bellevue on Mission Ave
•Amazing, profound work. Thank you
•Pasión por el arte
•Absolutely fabulous
•John Miller’s ideologies on art completely express how I feel. God bless.
•It’s all really pretty
•The Stare was deeply touching. Art form is truly a manifestation of strong emotions that may or may not be easily expressed verbally. Thank you to the artist for connecting me to the many soldiers who have endured mentally, emotionally and physically. Such loss and suffering.
•I enjoyed Imo Lax & Stephen Cornelius Roberts
•Beautiful place! Thanks for existing
•True memories and true emotion. I love this hall!
•I am in AWE of these talented artists! They have moved me deeply. Thank you
•All of the art is beautiful
•I came from Pennsylvania to visit my fiancé in Nebraska. We decided to come here and visit this museum and I’m glad we did! What a great way to spend the day! Lots of stuff to see!
•Beautiful! Thank you for this collaboration J Makes me proud!
•Came from Texas to visit Omaha for some family to share the love. Fell in love with the creativity and minds of others on the way
•Had a wonderful time looking at all the different styles of art
•I love it. It has cool paintings