What We Do
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.
Though our building has been closed for most of 2020 as a precautionary response to coronavirus in our community, The Union has continued to support the arts and our city through our Radical HeARTS initiatives and the continued community service of our team members.
2020 Program Highlights
-Over 1,000 Art and Life Kits distributed to families in Union Youth Programming
-$96,000 In COVID-19 emergency grants distributed to artists via Populus Fund
-Over 3,000 “Black Lives Matter” posters distributed for free in one week, resulting in nearly $30,000 in donations used to support Black-owned businesses and BIPOC artists.
-17 Local artists of the African diaspora supported through the Uplift + Elevate exhibition and performance series
-400 Volunteer hours contributed by Union team members in service of partner organizations meeting essential needs
-721 Pounds of fresh Abundance Garden produce shared for free with our community
-369 Community members hosted for virtual conversations on the legacy of Redlining and other systems of oppression.
-52 Hours invested in the development of local playwright Eric Lawson’s new theatrical musical “Fry Daddies.”
-Ongoing efforts to support the creative practices of our Inside/Outside Fellows and Co-Op Studio members