Women's History Month


Honoring Women who Fight all Forms of Discrimination against Women

From Scraps to Storytelling Quilts: Creative Quilting, Cultural Expression & Selfcare

by Celeste Butler
Celeste Butler is a self- taught fiber artist, QUILTER-PRENEUR and Griot. She is committed to serving, preserving, nurturing, and teaching togetherness in her community through quilting.
Her work can be found in the private collection of world renowned author, inspirational spiritual speaker, and life coach Iyanla Vanzant. She has exhibited at Thread Painted Portrait Quilts, Carver Bank, and Love's Jazz & Art Center; and recently completed an Artist in Residency quilt project at Nelson Mandela School.
Celeste believes we are experiencing a positive shift for the arts in Omaha by optimizing Omaha's central locations and making commerce and entrepreneurship of the Arts a viable business to draw tourism and keep residents from leaving.

Monday, March 19
2:30-3:45 P.M.
Fort Omaha Campus
5300 North 30th Street, Bldg. 10 room 110
Omaha, NE 68110

What’s Light Got to Do with It: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Frances C Downs, PhD, RN, Miami VA Medical Center
Research shows a greater prevalence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) among women.  SAD is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — it begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Monday, March 26
10:30-11:45 A.M.
5300 North 30th Street, Bldg. 10 room 110
Omaha, NE 68110

2:30-3:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
829 North 204th Street Room 114

Nevertheless she Persisted

By Marta Nieves, Community Activist

With democracy and freedoms in danger, it is an opportune time to get involved in key issues that have been ignored for so long. Through this presentation, Marta hopes to inspire women and men to rise up to contemporary challenges.
Marta Nieves’ career in the non-profit arena spans 19 years with the Girls Scouts, Girls Inc. and the National Conference for Community and Justice.  She also has experience serving 11 years United Health Care of the Midlands and as a consultant to The Institute for Career Advancement Needs and the YWCA of Omaha.  Her volunteer work includes service to the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, the Governors Health Insurance Policy Coalition, Nebraska Business and Professional Women, Altrusa International Club of Bellevue and Latinas Unidas.

Tuesday, March 27
4:30-5:45 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
ITC Conference Center, Room 120


By Charlene Butts Ligon

The late Evelyn T. Butts, a poor Virginia seamstress, took on Jim Crow, beat the poll tax and changed her city forever. This grassroots warrior made a difference at the height of the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow American South. Learn from Charlene Butts Ligon, her youngest daughter, who has preserved Evelyn’s legacy in Fearless. Copies of the Charlene’s book, Fearless, will be available for sale and signing.

Wednesday, March 28
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
5300 North 30th Street Bldg.10, Room 110

Honoring Grandmothers Across Indian Country

By Teresa Dameron, Oglala Lakota & Darlene Lee, Navajo Nation


Teresa Dameron and Darlene Lee own Traditional Eagle Solutions, LLC and have worked with Tribal Communities across Indian Country for over 5 years. Both had Grandmothers who continue to influence their work: Honoring the teaching of the elders by sharing those teachings with others. They use their combined 50+ years of experience in working in Tribal Communities to assist Tribal Communities with program development, grant writing, grant management, comprehensive tribal planning and training thousands of individuals working in Tribal Communities. They address Workforce Development and Wellness Programs with a, unique approach. TES finds solutions to tribal communities’ issues by integrating the values of the Grandmas across Indian Country into their work for an amazing business adventure.

Thursday, March 29
10:45-11:45 a.m.
South Omaha Campus
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
ITC Conference Center, Room 120