Weston Thomson, Interim Executive Director He brings to the organization an exciting background in art making and arts management. “As a California native, I had what some would call a bohemian upbringing. I began my art career, as most of us do, at age 2, and was consistently drawn to the process of humanizing matter.” He studied fine arts throughout college and began teaching art at CSU Chico shortly thereafter. Weston also co-founded a multimedia art gallery and directed an online arts community before moving to Omaha.
Thom Sibbitt, Education Coordinator Thom received his BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU he was a Dean Selection to spend a semester at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London as well as selected for a semester of study with Actor Tim Robbins. At Playwrights Horizons Theater School Thom received diversified training in performance, directing, and design as well as arts organization, arts facilitation, and urban street performance. Upon graduating, Thom went on to spend 10 years living in New York City working in almost every area of stage, television, and film. As Co-founder of The Engine: an artistic development utility, Thom developed programs for writer’s workshops as well as actor training in performance, voice, and auditioning. Since returning to his hometown of Omaha, Thom co-founded ætherplough: a tool for cultivating performance, and currently works as an arts advocate and organizer. He has facilitated interdisciplinary performance, writing and physical workshops, arts installations, and performance training.
Shukura Huggins, Americorps Education Coordinator Shukura recently earned her bachelor of arts in studio art with a concentration in graphic communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. A track record in community involvement, youth outreach, and the creative arts is continuing to be a driving force for her. With a great desire to continue to be involved in the community especially through creative channels, Shukura hopes to continue to develop and implement education through the arts. ”I like to think of art as a tool to share and reflect the things we encounter…so if I’m designing a publication or slamming a poem…my attempt to reflect is always before me.” Shukura is looking to pursue graduate studies in Art Therapy & Counseling in the near future, but in the meantime you can catch her behind a microphone throwing a poem into the universe, working alongside community organizations, or even with a paintbrush in hand.