Mission

The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community. In every endeavor, we strive to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we strive to utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways.

WE DO THIS BY...

PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES TO GREATER OMAHA ARTISTS
• Fellowship program
• Exhibitions of contemporary art
• Access to equipment + studio space for local artists
• Professional development for artists
• Opportunities for greater community engagement

CONNECTING NORTH OMAHA YOUTH TO THE ARTS
• Mentorship in various mediums
• Access to materials and space
• Programs for both kids and parents

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY
• North Omaha Tool Library
• Abundance Garden Project
• Neighborhood Arts
• Collaborative events with community partners


History and Vision

Established in 2011, The Union for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization created in response to needs expressed by artists and those who saw the arts as an invaluable resource to the greater Omaha community.

Our vision for Omaha is to create an environment where the arts are cultivated and respected. We envision a city where artists are supported and where their talents and contributions to our cultural identity are celebrated. We strive to strengthen our community by rising above the lines that divide us — racially, socially, and economically — so that we may become a more unified and culturally vibrant city. We are committed to using the arts to create an open city where everyone feels welcome and engaged.

By providing our services through a facility located in North Omaha, we are creating a bridge between this under-served neighborhood and the greater Omaha community. The artists we assist through our programs are required to give back to the community through greater engagement and volunteer service in North Omaha – creating a cyclical process of supporting the arts while building community.


Our TEAM


Board of Directors

Drew Weitz | Chair  Director of Equity Research, Portfolio Manager, Weitz Investments

Aaron Shaddy | Vice-Chair  Vice President, Tevra Brands

Bruce Moritz | Treasurer  Director of Fraternal Outreach, Woodman Life

Erin Amdor-Cihal |  Secretary  Director of Human Resources, Legal Aid of Nebraska

Kathleen Cavanaugh | Community Volunteer

Jamie Cooper | Attorney, Cooper Law LLC

Cydney Franklin | Senior Project Manager, 75 North

Shaun Ilahi | General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity

Sarah Lopez | Director of Development, Habitat for Humanity

Tahnee Markussen | Program Officer, Lozier Foundation

Amy Nelson | Associate Professor, Creighton University

Mary Zicafoose | Owner, Zicafoose Textiles