Artist Input Meeting – October 9, 5pm

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Artist Input Meeting – October 9, 5pm

Join us for a community conversation on October 9, 5–7pm at The Union focused on what artists in our community need for functioning, desireable live/work spaces. 

An exciting project is underway on Lake Street! The Union for Contemporary Art and the Omaha Economic Development Corp in partnership with the City of Omaha have received an Our Town research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for $75,000 to initiate research and planning for artist live/work residences on Lake Street. As part of the planning process, we’re inviting community members and artists to help us shape these spaces. Please join us and our architectural teams, Min | Day and SO-IL, for a community conversation to help us answer questions about artists needs and desires for live/work spaces. 

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September 11 – Community Meeting recap

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September 11 – Community Meeting recap

On September 11, 2017 we held an evening community meeting to discuss the possibility of artist live/work spaces on the lot between The Showcase and site of the Great Plains Black Museum on Lake Street. We had a great turn out and many people got to voice their ideas and perspectives for progress in the neighborhood. 

We heard from over 75 of our neighbors on what they'd like to see the communal spaces of the building function as. There were a myriad of creative ideas from bringing the Great Plains Black History museum back to Lake Street to creating outdoor gathering spaces for movie nights, community cookouts, and events. Thanks to all that showed up, ate some great grub, and provided your insights for what you'd like to see in our community! 

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Community Conversation + Dinner: September 11, 5:30–7pm

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WHEN: Monday, September 11th, 5:30PM
WHERE: Meeting will be held on the proposed Artist Loft site located on Lake Street between North 24th & North 22nd Streets
WHAT: Community dialogue, music, and FOOD!

An exciting project is underway on Lake Street! The Union for Contemporary Art in partnership with the Omaha Economic Development Corp and the City of Omaha have received an Our Town research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for $75,000 to initiate research and planning for artist live/work residences on Lake Street. As part of the planning process, we’re inviting community members and artists to help us shape these spaces. Please join us and our architectural teams, Min | Day and SO-IL, for a community conversation to help us answer to following questions:

  • What is an icon of pride for the community, and what about North Omaha is worth celebrating? 
  • What brings people in North Omaha together? 
  • What infrastructure or change can improve the neighborhood? 
  • What are some of the local institutions that you’d like to have a presence in the neighborhood?

If you cannot make it to dinner but would still like to have your voice heard, we've created a survey you can fill out! Please give us your ideas + input: http://bit.ly/artistloftscommunityinput

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Arts-based Community Development in North Omaha

The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), and the City of Omaha are collaborating on an arts-based community development project called The Artist Lofts at Lake Street, one of 89 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide.

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Omaha, Nebraska -- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The Union for Contemporary Art, OEDC, and the City of Omaha are some of the recommended organizations for a grant of $75,000 to launch a planning and design process for the creation of artist live/work housing and commercial space at the intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets.

 The NEA received 274 eligible applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as The Union, OEDC, and the City of Omaha to cultivate vitality in their communities through the arts.”

The Union, OEDC, and Omaha Planning Department requested funding for the planning and design project, which will support the creation of artist live/work space in North Omaha, catalyzing the completion of plans for an arts and cultural district in the area. The facility would be adjacent to The Union, which provides direct support to local artists and free cultural experiences, mentorship, and access to the arts for community members and neighborhood children.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

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