See How the Banner Unfurls: Omaha's Cultural Quilt Paintings on View at the Bemis Center!
Posted on 03/19/2005
Beginning on April 23rd, all of Omaha will be able to see the twenty-five paintings chosen to represent the community on Omaha's Cultural Quilt banner that will soon adorn the façade of the Qwest Center Omaha. On Saturday, April 23rd, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is hosting a special reception to honor the twenty-five community groups that have taken part in the Bemis Center’s Art 4 Omaha Project 2. The original paintings, which will be included in the seventy-five-foot-tall banner, will be on display at the Bemis Center through Saturday, May 28th. The public is warmly invited to attend the free reception and display.
The Bemis Center’s Art 4 Omaha Project 2 is a special community project designed to infuse artistic energy and civic vitality on the exterior of Qwest Center Omaha. Inspired by the Bemis Center’s own publicly lauded Window Project, a giant 30-foot-wide by 60-foot-tall fabric banner will be attached to a pre-cast concrete facade area just to the south of the west Arena entrance. This banner will face the important traffic corridor of 10th Street, which welcomes visitors into downtown Omaha. The banner will additionally act as Omaha’s “Cultural Quilt,” by celebrating our city’s rich diversity and cultural heritage and holding them up for all to see. Just as the Qwest Center Omaha serves as one of our community’s main attractions, it’s fitting that community groups have gathered together to create this united, visual symbol. The final banner selections were approved by the MECA (Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority) Board on March 31, 2005. The grand unveiling ceremony for the Cultural Quilt is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th, at 12:00 noon. The Bemis Center’s Art 4 Omaha Project 2 is sponsored in part by Qwest Center Omaha, Waitt Outdoor, the Hilton Omaha, Malone & Company, Omaha Magazine and Omaha Steaks. Additional sponsors are also encouraged to become a part of this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add color and diversity to Omaha’s skyline.
In the meantime, visitors can enjoy a preview of the Bemis Center’s Art 4 Omaha Project 2 images from April 23rd through May 14th. Join us at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts on Saturday, April 23rd, and see how Omaha’s Cultural Quilt unfolds.
Art 4 Omaha Project 2 Cultural Quilt Participants:
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School
Roncalli Catholic High School
VJ & Angela Skutt Catholic High School
Bryan High School
South High School
Blackburn High School
Millard South High School
Westside High School
Central High School
Papillion-La Vista South High School
Bellevue East High School
Thomas Jefferson High School
Omaha Housing Authority Youth Program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Omaha-Carter Lake
Boys & Girls Clubs Of Omaha-South Omaha
Camp Fire USA Midlands Council
United Way Of The Midlands Youth Leadership Committee
Hope Center For Kids
Uta Halee Girls Village
Boy Scouts of America - Troop #91
Boy Scouts of America - Troop #405
American Lift & Sign Service
Great Western Bank
Malone & Company
Nebraska Furniture Mart
NEON Products Company, Inc.
Oriental Trading Co.
Qwest Center Omaha
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
The Charles & Mary Heider Family Foundation
United Way of the Midlands
Annette & Paul Smith
Anonymous Donation In Memory of Mary Beth Schmidt-Fogarty
Paul & Vickie Hagen
Sharee & Murray Newman