Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Programs & Projects

Community Arts

For more information about the Bemis Center’s Community Arts program and Community-Based Public Art Projects, or to become a community arts volunteer, donor or sponsor, please call Holly McAdams at 402.341.7130 x 25 or email:

Omaha Mural Project
The Omaha Mural Project “Fertile Ground” is the creation of internationally renowned mural artist Meg Saligman. The towering 22,000 square-foot mural on the east wall of the Energy Systems building at 13th and Webster is the largest public art project in the history of Omaha and is a gift to the city from the Peter Kiewit Foundation.
Omaha Mural Project

Bemis08: Creativity Festival
Perhaps the most ambitious undertaking in the 27-year history of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Bemis08: Creativity Festival was a three-day exploration of the arts that ran June 26-28, 2008. From process to presentation, the festival was the result of collaborative efforts with a staggering array of participants across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The festival included contemporary art exhibitions, artist studio tours, presentations, discussion panels and special performances.

O! Public Art Project
The O! Public Art Project concluded in April 2008 with the auction of the 22 artistic O!s that had been placed throughout Omaha. The project was proudly sponsored by Alegent Health in partnership with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Omaha's O! Campaign.

Art|4 Omaha
Enhancing Omaha's Cultural Landscape
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts launched the Art|4 Omaha initiative in 2004 to raise public arts awareness by collaborating with community members in the creation of spectacular artwork for display in prominent locations. By directly involving the community in the creation of public art, the Art|4 Omaha projects have had significant civic impact, both culturally and educationally. The close involvement in the creative process has enabled people to take a leading role in the art that enlivens Omaha's cityscape, which in turn has created a sense of personal ownership in the contemporary arts culture of our city. For this reason, the Bemis Center is truly proud that Art|4 Omaha means art for everyone.
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Window Project
The goals of the Window Project were to raise public art awareness, involve the Omaha community, heighten the visibility of the Bemis Center and raise funds to support artistic programs at the Bemis.

The Window Project theme "Omaha: The Next 150 Years" celebrates the city's 150th anniversary in 2004. Over 1,000 community members including local residents, artists, business and individual sponsors made the project a rousing success.

Local “Participainters” including people of all ages, students, mentor organizations, senior citizen groups, corporate groups, and community center groups painted each mural. Artist Facilitators assisted, coordinated, and guided “Participainters” towards the completion of their work.
Windows Project

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130