The 2019 Art + Justice Posters were unveiled on October 10,2019 at the Nebraska Livestock Exchange Building Ballroom at the 2019 Good Apple Awards.
Every year, a new crop of Nebraska artists design limited edition poster prints for Nebraska Appleseed. With only 35 prints made of each, each poster is truly a one of a kind. Posters are printed at Lincoln’s own Screen Ink, on American-made paper from family-owned French Paper Co. All proceeds from your poster purchase go to Nebraska Appleseed, a non-profit that works to support strong, vibrant, inclusive and engaged Nebraska communities.
2019 Theme: Sowing the Seeds of Justice
Curated by Colleen Syron designers included A Threat to Justice by Colleen Syron, Big Change by Oxide Design Co., Just by Quentin Lueninghoener, New Politics by Ella Durham, Now It Is Not The Time by Sam Rapien, Wheels of Justice by Cathy Solarana, Humans by Justin Kemerling, Keep Your Huddled Masses by Geoff Silverstein.
2019 Good Apple Award Recipients
Jim Wolf Equal Justice Award: Marty Ramirez
Marty Ramirez is a third-generation Nebraskan from Scottsbluff. During the Vietnam War, he served and rose to the rank of sergeant when he was wounded in 1969 while helping guard a bridge near Saigon. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. After returning to Nebraska, Marty earned his master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He first began to work at UNL in 1973 as a mental health counselor at the Department of Minority Affairs. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked with UNL’s Counseling Center and later worked for the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services as a Counseling Psychologist. In this role, he was able to provide a support system and promote changes at the university to better accommodate students of color.
Now Marty continues to serve as an advocate and supporter of the Latino/Hispanic community and serve as a voice for the elderly, veterans, students and all underrepresented communities in Nebraska.
Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award: Misty Frazier
Throughout her career, Misty Frazier has made an indelible mark in her journey to promote and protect her Native American culture, finding her past, present, and future linked in special, sacred ways, and through it all, helping countless Native children along the way.
Roots of Justice Award: Omaha Together One Community (OTOC)
OTOC exists to recreate community in our fragmented society. People are often disconnected and conversations about important issues are difficult. OTOC seeks to reweave the frayed social fabric and connect people across the lines that tend to divide them: race and ethnicity, economics, religion, geography and language.
Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) teaches people to become effective leaders, explore their legitimate interests, do solid research, engage in sometimes tough, but always respectful public discourse, hold elected officials accountable and create positive change through collective action. Through the practice of these skills, people build relationships of trust and, by acting collaboratively, become part of solving their own problems rather than expecting someone else to take care of them.
Seeds of Justice Award: Legal Aid of Nebraska
In the early morning hours of Presidents Day 2018, a three alarm fire destroyed Legal Aid of Nebraska’s office in Lincoln. In an instant, offices, personal belongings, and years of organizational history had turned to ash, and for their team of attorneys and staff, an otherwise typical morning had turned into a disaster. But what the fire could not destroy was Legal Aid’s commitment to justice: the next day, without an office, Legal Aid attorneys were back in court, working for the clients they serve. In the midst of tragedy, Legal Aid’s mission of providing high-quality legal services to low-income Nebraskans went undeterred.
Over the last year, it’s been an odyssey of hope, perseverance, and an unyielding commitment to the mission of advancing justice for all. These very themes are nothing new for Legal Aid, but rather, they have been at the center of the organization for over five decades.