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Have fun with your fellow veterans and family members! Join “Vet-X-Press”, a peer support group of Military Veterans (and their friends and family) interested in the common goal of sharing experiences, “venting” and just hangin’ out.

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In these workshops, you will use a different artistic media each week. All experience levels are welcome and no previous art experience is required! You have a lot to say…express yourself through art!!



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Omaha Gives campaign starts midnight May 24th! Please consider supporting our mission to help veterans seeking new careers in the creative arts.

Our primary goal is to use the expressive and healing powers of artmaking with veterans and their family members, and ultimately transform their lives through the power of art.

In addition to therapeutic artmaking, NCAG also provides training in art and business-of-art education to motivated military veteran artists in order that they may successfully pursue new careers in the fine arts as artists, teachers, or administrators as they reintegrate into civilian society. NCAG is a Better Business Bureau approved 501c3 charity.


thanks for your confidence in our mission!


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.