The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to 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.
Our Social Practice Fellowship Program was developed to combine our mission and vision, creating an experience for artists that not only supports their creative process, but also provides them with an opportunity to support our community. Twice a year, artists from the greater Omaha area will be selected through juried process to serve as Fellows. Our Social Practice Fellowship strives to support the creative practice of our local artists in exchange for their commitment to “pay it forward” by serving at least 25 hours of community service in North Omaha. Please be aware that the community service is an integral part of this program and is not optional. Candidates will be judged on their proposed projects as part of the jury process.
In return for this commitment, The Union provides each Fellow with the following support:
- A studio space for six months, at no cost to the artist
- $600 stipend for the purchase of art supplies and materials
- A year-long membership to The Co-Op, which include 24-hour access during the fellowship
- Professional development opportunities and critique
- Participation in a group exhibition at the completion of the fellowship
Due to our move into the Blue Lion Center building, we will not have a S+S16 Fellowship cohort. Please look for applications to be open in the Fall 2016 for the next round of Fellowship. If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, visit our Fellowship FAQ page or contact Paige Reitz at email@example.com or by calling (402) 933-3161.
For a list of potential North Omaha community partners, click here.