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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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Our Studio Fellowship Program was developed to combine our mission and vision, creating an experience for artists that not only supports their creative process, but also provides them with an opportunity to support our community.

Twice a year, artists from the greater Omaha area will be selected through juried process to serve as Fellows. Once selected, the artists receive the following benefits in exchange for their commitment to “pay it forward” by serving at least 25 hours of community service in North Omaha.

  • A studio space for six months, at no cost to the artist
  • $600 stipend for the purchase of art supplies and materials
  • A year-long membership to The Co-Op, which include 24-hour access during the fellowship
  • Professional development opportunities and critique
  • Participation in a group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship

Get to know our 2014 Fall Fellows: Mark Powers, Danny Sullivan, April Faith-Slaker, Luke Polipnick and Zedeka Poindexter...

photos by Justin Limoges

photos by Justin Limoges

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FROM THE STUDIO | DANNY SULLIVAN

My time at the studio thus far has been invigorating to say the least. I have been reinspired in my work, and full of new ideas.

I have now been living in Benson for a little over a year, and before I was offered the Fellowship, I was in a creative slump. I was seeking an avenue into the art community of Omaha, and the Union made that happen for me, for which I am grateful. 

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FROM THE STUDIO | Luke Polipnick

Typically I have been creeping into the Union early on weekday mornings, before anyone is around, carting in a laptop, headphones, coffee, and sometimes a tiny keyboard.

The Union is dark and quiet, suffused with an aura of infinite creative potential.

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Thank you for an amazing 2014!

 

It is crazy to think that just three years ago The Union was still a little brain child with no programs, staff, or space. In such a small amount of time, we've accomplished many things that we are proud of.

This year alone, we exhibited 38 local and regional artists, brought over 2000 art patrons into our gallery space on 24th and Grant Street to celebrate, discuss, and support the arts, and supported fifteen local artists in their studio practice through our Fellowship program. 

Please, consider supporting The Union during your year-end giving. 2015 has some MAJOR things coming up; join us for the ride! 

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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