budget + expenses

The Union’s $5 million Blue Lion Growth Campaign contributes to the renovation of the building and includes coverage for three years of organizational expenses to help sustain our programs and operations during this period of accelerated expansion. $1.5 million is being raised for expenses connected to the construction of The Union’s facility, and to cover the purchase of equipment and furniture. The majority of the funds raised during the campaign will be used to facilitate programs and operations for the next three years and will develop a $500,000 reserve fund; helping to support our growth and the ongoing sustainability of the organization.

CAPITAL EXPENSES: $1,534,233
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPENSES: $2,795,892
OPERATING RESERVES: $500,000
CONTINGENCY: $215,500
CAMPAIGN TOTAL: $5,045,625

Blue Lion Growth Campaign Committee

Our Campaign Committee is comprised of community members who have volunteered their time + talents to help make our fundraising efforts a success. We are incredibly grateful for their commitment + support!

Drew Weitz \\ Campaign Chair | Jamie Berglund | Denise Blaya Powell | Karin Campbell | Machaela Cavanaugh  Ryan Ellis | Jason Fischer | Freddie Gray | Tulani Grundy Meadows | Heike Langdon | Nancy Novak | Carol Russell

renovation // leadership team

Architect: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture \\ Kylie Von Seggern + Nancy Novak
Contractor: Dicon \\ Royce Maynard
Engineer: Morrissey Engineering, Inc. \\ Nick Limpach + Andrew Lang
Structural Engineer: Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc. \\ Andrew Johnson
Developer + Project Manager: Field Day Development \\ Andrea Kathol

Misc. Information

  • Our anticipated move-in date will fall sometime in mid-October. Check back or sign up for our newsletter for further updates
  • In addition to our current Co-Op Studios (print shop, dark room + ceramic studio) we'll be adding a fiber arts studio + digital design lab. Every Co-Op space will be outfitted with new equipment + expanded service and operating hours.
  • Information on leasing one of the commercial bays can be found at bluelionomaha.org.

To date, we have raised $2.3 million of our $5 million goal!

The generosity of our community has helped The Union for Contemporary Art to accomplish so much in just five short years... and the best is yet to come! YOUR support of our Blue Lion Growth Campaign will allow us to better support our local artists, connect a larger segment of our community with the arts, inspire more youth + create greater positive social change in north Omaha.

We would sincerely appreciate your support as we continue to work towards our $5 million goal. Donations can be made online, or by contacting our Development Manager, Holly McAdams Olson at holly@u-ca.org or (402) 933-3161.