Youth Sketchbook Project 2022

Both a visual and collaborative experience, the C.W. Youth Resource Center ‘Be Inspired’ Sketchbook 2022 Project is an opportunity for youth members to gain confidence and be inspired by the world around them through drawing, sketching and talking about art-to express their world visually, while sharing their artwork with the wider community of Omaha.    

“The importance of drawing, at any age, can’t be undervalued. When the craft is nurtured, you have the ability to positively affect your mental health and intellectual development,” says Calandra Cooper, project designer, “Art is also a great outlet for mental healing, managing stress and in learning how to show empathy for others,”  Cooper continues, “but it’s critical in helping young people acquire the literacy and communication skills they need today, because art is self-directed, hands-on learning.” 

This year’s sketchbooks don’t have a particular theme, instead participants are encouraged to include whatever inspires them.  

Although the project is mostly self-directed to help youth further explore individual creativity, in-person and online creative sessions will introduce participants to a wide range of mixed media techniques and materials.

The vision for what’s to become an annual event is to:

  • Inspire creativity in a no-pressure, non-competitive environment, 
  • Encourage youth to use art as a creative outlet for managing stress and inspiring self-confidence and motivation and to 
  • Encourage positive collaboration between youth. 

The 2022 C.W. Youth Resource Center ‘Be Inspired’ Sketchbook Project launches October 2022.

C.W. Youth Resource Center, a 501(C) 3 nonprofit, has operated in Omaha since 1978. Sketchbooks will be available for viewing, November 2022.    

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