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LEAD Stories is a collection of portraits sharing the stories of people in our community and their first-hand encounters with childhood exposure to lead and lead-poisoning. Through this work, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Watie White Studio, and the Omaha Star are working to put a very human face on the devastating effects of lead in North Omaha, a community that has faced lead contamination through multiple sources for decades. Every month, LEAD Stories will elevate the perspectives of both residents and community leaders in North Omaha, examine how lead exposure affects our community, and elevate real solutions to remediate the problem.
Watie White Studio
Watie White is a local painter and printmaker in Omaha, Nebraska. Since Moving to Omaha in 2006, Watie’s studio has produced public art projects in collaboration with Nonprofit organizations throughout Omaha including Habitat for Humanity-Omaha, InCommon Community Development, and Justice for Our Neighbors-NE. LEAD Stories will be the first collaborative public project with Omaha healthy Kids Alliance.
Since 2014, Watie’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Ar), the Minneapolis Institute of Art Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE) and the Telfair Museums (Savannah, GA). 2016 will feature exhibits at the Dixon Galleries and Gardens (Memphis, TN) and Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC). Watie has been a featured speaker at Art Expo Chicago, State of the Art Symposium and the Plains Art Museum.
The work that we do has helped me realize how a team of a few dedicated people can really impact a community. Because of the work that we do every day, thousands of kids have homes that aren't poisoning them and bright futures centered in a healthy environment.
– Ian Sheets, Impact Coordinator