The Union for Contemporary Art is thrilled to be participating in Omaha Gives! – a 24 hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving event will take place TODAY from midnight to midnight and we need YOUR help! The Union will be joining over 300 local nonprofits to raise money together and compete for matching funds and prize money. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the match pool we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prize money.
The Union will be using the funds we raise during the event to make some much needed improvements to our facility in North Omaha, which will allow us to better serve the greater Omaha community. These projects include:
>> Build out of a public ceramic studio, black and white darkroom and print studio. Once finished, these communal spaces will be available for artists in the greater Omaha area so that those lacking access to this equipment will be able to continue their creative practice.The studios will also be made available to local non-profits, so that they can better provide the community they serve will better access to the arts. We are currently in need of building materials to complete the construction of these spaces in our building at 2417 Burdette Street.
>> The creation of an exhibition space on North 24th Street. Through the generous support of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation, The Union has obtained a temporary gallery space, which will allow us to host exhibitions of local and national contemporary work, while we continue to raise the funds needed to renovate our permanent gallery in the old Fair Deal building. We are currently in need of building materials, including paint and lighting, to help transform the space into an exhibition venue.
>> A much needed makeover for our building. We love our building, and we’ve made some great improvements to our facility, which was formally a food bank serving the North Omaha community. But….. despite some great tweaks on the inside, it still looks like a food bank on the outside. This summer, we would like to be able to paint the exterior of the building, add a mural, a real sign and glass doors, which will bring some desperately needed light into the building.
Your support on May 22nd will help us make changes to out building that will allow us to better serve our mission by providing greater support to Omaha’s artists — while helping us to make our block in North Omaha a bit more beautiful for our neighbors and the community we serve.
How can you help The Union during Omaha Gives!?
• Donate to us!! You can make a donation using the form on the right side of this page, or visit the Omaha Gives! website to make a contribution.
• Spread the word! Tell your friends that you will be giving to The Union during Omaha Gives! and that we need their help.
• Join us for lunch! We’ll be hosting a special kith lunch to help celebrate the day… get the scoop right here.
• Post about Omaha Gives! on your social media pages. Let your friends and followers know how they can give and how their donations can help us win matching and prize funds.
• Cheer us on! Watch the leaderboard on omahagives24.org and update our progress on social media.
As always, thank YOU for your continued support of The Union and our programs. We can’t wait to see the Omaha community band together to give on the 22nd.