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Prairie Visions Records

 Collection — Volume: 2018-044
Identifier: UNO-0004

Scope and Contents

Prairie Visions (PV) is a discipline-based art education (DBAE) professional development program for Nebraska educators, overseen by faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha since 1987. The premise of PV is training educators to create curriculum around the arts. This collection consists primarily of materials assembled and/or created by faculty and participants of the annual Prairie Visions institute, and other documents related to planning and assessing the institute. The collection's coverage spans from 1987 to the present. The majority of the collection comprises three-ring binders, some intact and others divided into folders by processing staff, from the annual Prairie Visions institutes for 1989-1997, 1999-2003, 2005-2009, and 2011-2013, as well as binders for two related programs in 1996 and 1998. Also included are reports from or about the institute, institute assessment documents, curriculum plans, correspondence, strategic planning documents, news articles, art prints used in activities, and other papers. Most of these documents were used in meetings, and so many are marked with handwritten annotations, some are worn or damaged, and some binders may not be in original order. In addition to the print and manuscript items, the collection includes two CD-ROMs of photo highlights from the 2009 and 2011 institutes, and 36 home-recorded videocassettes of a 14-session 1988 Pre-Service DBAE course which was foundational to Prairie Visions, and of other programs related to Prairie Visions.


  • 1987-2014


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


19.2 Cubic Feet (13 boxes; 72 binders; 4 volumes; 36 VHS cassettes)


Organized into three series: Series I: Boxes; Series II: Binders & Envelopes; Series III: VHS Videocassettes.

Custodial History

The Prairie Visions collection was donated to the Criss Library by Professor Joanne Sowell and Dr. Frances Thurber, both UNO faculty members who have been active in planning and presenting Prairie Visions. Shari Hofschire annually sent the institute binders to add to the collection until her retirement in 2014. Many of the binders and other items in the collection are marked with the name Karen Janovy, suggesting that she is the originator of portions of the collections.

New material added August 13, 2018: Jeremy Johnson transferred records were had been stored in the office of the director of the Center for Innovation in Arts Education by the Prairie Visions director and staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Shari Hofschire, Art Instructor with the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media


A UNO-affiliated Prairie Visions organizers annually sends the latest institute binder to the Criss Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Kroeger, Archives and Special Collections Associate, in February 2014. 1987-2013, processed by an unknown Archives and Special Collections student or staff member.


Prairie Visions Records
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2nd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States