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The Union for Contemporary Art


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The Union for Contemporary Art


AT THE UNION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, WE UNITE ARTISTS AND THE COMMUNITY TO INSPIRE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO LOCAL ARTISTS

  • Fellowship program
  • Exhibitions of contemporary work
  • Access to equipment and studio space for local artists
  • Professional development for artists
  • Opportunities for greater community engagement

WE CONNECT NORTH OMAHA YOUTH TO THE ARTS

  • Mentorship in various mediums
  • Access to materials and space
  • Connections with professional artists
  • Programs for both kids and parents

WE CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

  • North Omaha Tool Library
  • Abundance Garden Project
  • Mural projects
  • Kith, a community gathering
  • Collaborative events with community partners
  • Neighborhood clean-up days
  • Supply drives for community partners by local and national artists
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New north omaha murals project mural in florence

On August 6th we unveiled our newest addition to the North Omaha Murals Project with a large-scale mural in the Florence neighborhood. 

Located at North 30th & State Streets, the mural site is a natural welcome wall for anyone coming into the Florence, the 'historical heart' of Omaha. Lead Artist Christine Stormberg worked with community members to create a new work that paid homage to the community and its many histories and welcomed visitors to the neighborhood. 

Check out the completed work - and catch the view from our friends at Harold's Koffee House. 

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mob scenes | work BY byron anway

Opening Reception: Friday Aug 12th, 6-9PM

Wanda D. Ewing Gallery // 2520 North 24th Street

Runs through September 3rd

We are proud to present Mob Scenes - contemporary paintings from Lincoln-based artist Byron Anway. Drawn to the excitement and inherent danger of large groups, Anway uses images of crowds outside the morning show studios, people attending sporting or concert events, and protesters marching for change from the 24-hour news cycle to create works that are psychologically resonant and emotionally complex.

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please take a moment to share your thoughts!

 

We have created a survey -- Pathways of Engagement -- to begin a dialogue with residents living in Omaha about the barriers to arts access they might currently face. The results of the survey will help shape many of our programs as we continue to grow and evolve. With our expanded space and improved resources, we are truly excited to have an opportunity to better connect with our neighbors—and the greater Omaha community at large.

We would sincerely appreciate your input!

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Fellowship


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Fellowship


The Fellowship Program combines our mission and vision, offering an experience for our local artists that not only supports their creative process, but also provides them with opportunities to engage north Omaha residents in mutually beneficial ways. Once per year, a jury helps us to select five artists living in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to serve as fellows. We accept applications from artists and collectives working in any creative discipline and at any career level.

Previously a six-month program, the fellowship has been extended to eleven months. In the past, fellows have been required to contribute 25 hours of community service in north Omaha. In 2016/17, the fellowship cohort will, for the first time, collaborate on the development and implementation of a socially engaged public project, with an expected contribution of 60 hours per fellow over the course of the program. In exchange for this commitment The Union provides each fellow with: 

  • A private studio, at no cost to the artist
  • A $1500 materials stipend
  • A yearlong free membership to The Co-Op, with 24/7 access to a digital media lab, fabric studio, ceramic studio, print shop, tool library, and wood shop
  • Technical support throughout The Co-Op and free participation in all Co-Op workshops
  • Inclusion in a curated group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship
  • Professional documentation of the group exhibition
  • Opportunities to participate in public programs at The Union
  • Access to workshops on social justice advocacy and socially engaged artistic strategies
  • At least one field trip to see/hear about civically engaged art in the region
  • An experienced mentor working in the arts
  • Studio visits with guest artists and curators
  • Free produce from The Union’s Abundance Garden Project

Applications are now open for our 2016/17 Fellowship Program, which will begin in November 2016. Applications are due by midnight on July 31, 2016.

PLEASE READ OUR FELLOWSHIP FAQs + TIPS + GUIDELINES BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

 

YOUR GIFT MATTERS

Your donation does more than help purchase supplies and keep the lights on.... it allows the arts to become a bridge, connecting our diverse community in innovative and meaningful to create a stronger, more inclusive Omaha. Please consider making a donation to support the arts in our community.

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