October 2014 Spotlight Winner

Katharen Hedges is a writer, performer and artist who works in 2D visual art and clothing design. But it was her work in poetry that earned her the spotlight this month.

Nebraskans for the Arts has honored Hedges with the Student Achievement in the Arts award for October. 

Hedges, a Lincoln North Star High School graduate and University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, has already started gaining recognition for her poetry. She was a member of North Star’s Louder Than a Bomb team—which was a finalist for the 2014 Louder Than a Bomb Great Plains Youth Festival—and in 2013, she was named the Festival’s Individual Champion.

Her nominating coach, poet Matt Mason, said: “Katharen is a leader in the classroom who inspired her teammates on the North Star Louder Than a Bomb team. You see how really wonderful she is.”

Hedges credits the arts with inspiring and motivating her to succeed.

"I'd probably say art is the reason I'm passing school, art is the reason I'm in school, art is the reason I want to go to college,” she said.

“If I didn't want to be a painter, or if I didn't write, I would have nothing that would make me want to go to college. The arts motivate me to work hard in school,” she added.