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.
Board of Directors
Drew Weitz // Chair // Research Analyst, 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