Mary Gibilisco is an Educational Liaison, Teaching Artist, Business Manager and Grant Writer
A St. Louis native, Mary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Nebraska (Art Major, Minor in Art History and Spanish) and a certificate from the College of Continuing Studies in Adult Training. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Youth Development. Mary has been a Dancing Classrooms teacher for Arts in Motion since it began in 2006 and is also the Business/Grant Manager.
Arts in Motion uses art to break down cultural barriers, improve critical thinking and communication skills, empower individuals and strengthen communities. Our primary program, Dancing Classrooms, helps young people develop confidence, respect, and a love for the art of dance.
Incorporated in 2005 as a local nonprofit arts education organization, Arts in Motion originally focused on community outreach. During its first three years, Arts in Motion collaborated with Girls Inc., Camp Fire USA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Kids Club program within OPS. Through these partnerships, Arts in Motion taught art, music, and dance classes. In 2006, Arts in Motion introduced a program entitled Dancing Classrooms to four Omaha elementary schools, and the enthusiastic reception and initial success of the program pointed the way for Arts in Motion as the young organization determined its direction. From 2006 until 2016, Arts in Motion has focused its activities solely on the growth of Dancing Classrooms and its related Saturday programs which allow Dancing Classrooms graduates to continue their dance instruction.
Spring of 2016 brought about a reevaluation of the organization and changes were put in place to better fulfill the organizations goals.