Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

A Call to Respond | Carver Bank

April 17–September 19, 2015

A Call to Respond is a five-month series that takes audience interaction and collaboration as its focus, and aims to generate meaningful dialogue about collective action and creative placemaking. From performances to installations to meetups, this multidisciplinary series involves a variety of artists from the Omaha Metro area.

Series highlights include an interactive installation that asks visitors to define community; a site-specific sculpture by artist Sarah Rowe; presentations by Carver Bank alumni Dereck Higgins and Denise Chapman; musical performances by DJ Dojorok and Chikadebia Ebirim; meetups on such topics as gentrification; a House Party in conjunction with Native Omaha Days, and more. 

As part of the Bemis’s program of Public Engagement, A Call to Respond contributes to a larger effort to mobilize Omahans around contemporary arts and ideas; connect artistic practices to local issues; position community voices at the center of programmatic dialogue and debate; and cultivate a spirit of neighborliness by actively engaging local organizations.

Carver Bank will be open until 8pm every third Friday April through September.

Friday, April 17: “Talk Back Wall” and music with DJ Dojorok, 6–8pm
Saturday, April 25: Digital Domain As Paintbrush, a workshop with Dereck Higgins, 4–6pm
Saturday, May 30: Meetup on gentrification, 4–6pm 
Friday, July 17: Opening reception, Vertical Disintegration by Sarah Rowe, 6–8pm
Saturday, August 1: Carver Bank House Party, 12–4pm
Friday, September 18: Only Peace Community Arts Festival, hosted by Chikadebia Ebirim, 6–8pm 

Carver Bank is located at 2416 Lake Street, Omaha. 

This project is supported by ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S. Major support is provided by Annette and Paul Smith, The Sherwood Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg, the City of Omaha, a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, the Joyce Foundation and the Harpo Foundation.

Photos: Colin Conces

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