Creative Learning Projects

These activities provide community members of all ages the opportunity to express themselves through the performing arts. Creative Learning Projects typically include hands-on learning experiences, interactions with professional artists and performance opportunities. Previous projects include the MEMPHIS Forum in 2013, the WICKED Anti-bullying Summit in 2014 and the ONCE Songwriting Contest in 2015.



BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom as a songwriter and performer. Presented in conjunction with the Broadway hit, the Songwriting Competition gives aspiring songwriters the opportunity to showcase their talent and have their music heard by professionals in the industry. All registrants were invited to participate in a special workshop to help improve their songs before they submitted them for judging. The top 20 performed in a Showcase event at The Waiting Room in Omaha on March 27, 2017. 

13-18 Age Division winner: Jaymie Argotsinger with "Inside (Speak Up)"
19+ Age Division winner: Cher Klosner-Lane with "When the Music Isn't Playing"


  • The winning songs from each division were recorded by a cast member from BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical in the Holland Center's Kiewit Concert Hall.
  • The Top 10 songs from each division were featured at the local showcase at The Waiting Room.
  • The Top 20 songwriters received two complimentary tickets to BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theater on April 4.


  • Music and lyrics must be 100 percent original
  • Suggested song length: Should not exceed 5 minutes
  • By entering the contest, applicant grants Omaha Performing Arts the right to use the song for promotional and archival use as part of OPA’s promotion of BEAUTIFUL-The Carole King Musical and its Education and Community Engagement programs
  • Song can be any genre and any instrumental combination  
  • No foul language 
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