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
• 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.
Board of Directors
Karen Borchert | Chair COO, Flywheel
Erin Cihal | Vice Chair HR Director, Legal Aid of Nebraska
Bruce Moritz | Treasurer Internal Audit Supervisor, Pinnacle Bank
Wendy Townley | Secretary Executive Director, Omaha Public Library Foundation
Drew Weitz | Immediate Past-Chair Director of Equity Research, Portfolio Manager, Weitz Investments
Alexis Bromley | Director of Strategic Partnerships, 75 North
Celeste Butler | Community Advocate
Adrian Duran | Associate Professor, Art + Art History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Shaun Ilahi | General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity
Ali Maloy | Faculty, Creighton University
Jessica McKay | Owner, Birdhouse Interior Design Studio
Tulani Grundy Meadows | Faculty, Metropolitan Community College
Amy Nelson | Associate Professor, Creighton University
Jen Pavkov | Creative Director, The Women’s Fund
Carol Russell | Community Advocate
Susan Stroesser | Assessment Team Member, Community Alliance
NAM Best Practices Partnership
The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands’ Guidelines and Principles provide legal compliance and best practices information in 12 major areas of nonprofit management: Communication, Evaluation, Financial Management, Fundraising, Governance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Planning, Public Policy & Advocacy, Strategic Alliances, Transparency & Accountability, and Volunteer Management.
The Union is proud to be recognized as an NAM Best Practices Partner!