The Community Arts program ignites civic engagement by developing significant projects that directly involve the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Through collaboration with artists, organizations, schools and businesses, the Bemis Center seeks to raise public awareness of art and empower the local community to think differently about a wide range of contemporary issues. Past projects have included public sculpture and murals, curricula development, urban interventions, artist professional development and a highly active in-house tour program.
Art 4 Omaha
The Bemis Center Community Arts program has its origins in the Art 4 Omaha Initiative, which was designed to increase public awareness of art and enhance the city’s cultural landscape. Beginning in 2005, Art 4 Omaha developed a series of projects, including large-scale sculptures, leadership workshops, and a crowd-sourced photography exhibit. Direct community involvement in these projects created a sense of personal ownership in the contemporary culture of our city. The significant civic, cultural and educational impact Art 4 Omaha had on the city continues to inform the Bemis Center Community Arts program.