Architects of SO – IL & Min|Day

Architects of SO – IL & Min|Day

The Union for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Omaha Economic Development Corporation, and architectural firms, SO - IL and Min|Day are currently in the research and development phase for potential artist live/work residences to be built on a vacant lot at 2221 Lake Street. The process began with a broad community conversation on September 11, 2017, with over 80 residents and community partners in attendance to share their ideas and discuss the needs, wants, and desires for North Omaha. Topics including education, employment, entertainment, history, economics, and resources were split up for people to share their perspectives and determine potential uses for the building project. The passionate and insightful discussion helped the working team build a framework from which to envision the plan development.

In order to gain more specific details, the team coordinated listening sessions so to hear directly from local artists about their live and work conditions, desired physical accommodations, and community resources. The first "artist input meeting" took place on October 9, 2017, 5:30pm in The Union's Wanda D. Ewing Gallery. Here are a few key points:

Current Live/Work Situations

  • Limited living and workspace

  • Shared space with roommates

  • Not enough storage

  • Using living room as work area

Ideal Live/Work Conditions

  • Separate, private living quarters: bedroom and bathroom

  • Plenty of storage

  • Shared spaces: kitchen, living room, and gallery

  • Collaborative common area

  • Affordable rent, perhaps exchange labor for discount

Desired Physical Accommodations

  • Large, ventilated room for big projects

  • Cork wall for pinning and hanging

  • Wash out room with drainage

  • Guest artist studio space

Community Resources

  • Short-term Rental studios

  • Classes/Workshops available

  • Public space for community to meet and gather

  • Open artist studios

  • Green space for outdoor activities and events


Another artist-focused conversation will take place at The Union for Contemporary Art (2423 N 24th Street) on October 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute feedback, please fill out this survey: http://bit.ly/artistloftsurvey

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