Jessica Hottman has always been involved in the creative arts. She practically came out the womb singing, dancing, writing and acting, and has a passion for anything that involves channeling ideas into art that can be shared with others. In middle school, Jessica began composing her own music both on the piano and vocally. She also spent a lot of time performing as a young kid, as the lead in many musicals and plays for both school and church. Jessica also has two sisters who sing and play music and the trio spent many years singing together, from performing the national anthem to singing for local production companies.
In high school, Jessica began leading worship music at church and performed in a band outside of church. In college she started a band that performed in venues around the Midwest area. She played acoustic and was a lead singer in the band, later moving to an electric guitar. Jessica also received her degree in Elementary Education and worked as a Resident Assistant on The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s South Campus, planning monthly events and working to create a welcoming environment for her residents.
Once Jessica graduated, she took a few months off to really get back into writing music and composed all new songs on her electric guitar. Jessica decided it was time to take her music in a new direction and formed a band called “The Hottman Sisters.” The band has played a lot in Omaha (Maha Music Festival, The Waiting Room, The Slowdown, etc) and in Lincoln . The band has been on six national tours to places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, and many other cities in the US.
Jessica is the Marketing Assistant for the 402 Arts Collective. She enjoys this position, where she can use her skills to impact her community.
“I love performing music in front of people. It is my passion and the place where I feel most at home. I love that music can stir something deep within the heart of person and make them feel a way they never thought possible. I equally love working behind the scenes to lift up others who have major musical and artistic talent and to find ways to bring their talent to the eyes of the community.”
Her focus at the 402 is to market and promote the 402, as well as the incredible Artist Instructors that make up the organization.