Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization whose mission is to build an audience for the arts in the Omaha metro and to support local artists with tools to allow them to make a living through their artistic practice.

We strengthen the creative fabric of Omaha through:

  • Public art projects that connect local artists and community members
  • Hands-on creative workshops for individuals and groups taught by local artists
  • Providing tools and resources to local artists

(402) 982-4397

andrew saladino   

executive director

Andrew's first experience with the arts was at a summer camp in the small suburb of Bedford, MA where he grew up. When in an adorable production of How to Eat Like a Child, he was asked to do a handstand that he was certainly not capable of. Luckily, two cast mates agreed to help prop him up, and this valuable lesson sparked his passion for the arts and the communities that support them. Andrew got his BA in Theatre Education from the University of New Hampshire and traveled to Omaha soon after to become a Teaching Artist at The Rose Theater for 3 years. This led him to step into the arts administration world in NYC, where he worked at TADA! Youth Theater on the development team and helped his zany artist wife through grad school. It didn't take them long to figure out their home was back in Omaha, however. Andrew took a job as a Major Gifts Officer at the Red Cross, but couldn't stay away from the arts for long. After directing a web series project in New York (Adapting), producing and contributing to a podcast right here in Omaha all about local and nationwide theatre (The Bridge Club of Madison County Podcast), and directing or designing other creative projects, Andrew knew hobbies alone wouldn't do. His work also had to reflect his passion. He is thrilled to be a part of the OCI team and one of those cast mates helping to support the arts in the tight knit Omaha community.

(402) 671-0349



Anna is an Omaha native, who has always felt lucky to be from a small community with just enough culture to keep it interesting. She was drawn to the arts at a young age, constantly drawing, making sculpey dioramas, and building lego rollercoasters. She attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and received a BFA in fibers. After spending four years in sunny Los Angeles working on a passion project called “The Dog Show USA”, Nance moved back to Omaha, married musician and overall “great guy” David Kenneth Nance, and found her way to OCI. She also works part time as Mary Zicafoose’s weaving assistant, and teaches a fashion and sewing class for teens at the Refugee Empowerment Center. She enjoys figuring out how to make life in Omaha better for artists.

(402) 998-5980




Caitlin grew up immersed in the arts, thanks to her mother’s profession as a music educator and her father’s love of live music and public radio. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, her earliest days were spent at Kindermusik classes playing the xylophone, which translated to 12 years of piano lessons. Throughout childhood Caitlin participated in choirs, musicals, and dance (tap being the hands down favorite). High school was all about concert choir and show choir. This appreciation of music has never left, and now Caitlin enjoys attending live shows, and making glorious music with Sing Omaha’s Women’s Choir. After graduating from UNO with a B.A. in History, Caitlin pursued a Masters degree in Public Policy, focusing on Nonprofit Management. She is excited and ready to work hard to make sure Omaha stays creative and fun for everyone.


Cynthia Buettner (Board President)
Owner and Founder – Cync Up

Jake Thacker (Secretary)

Jennifer Barry (Treasurer)
CEO and Founder – Revolve

John McIntyre
Loss Prevention – TD Ameritrade

Robert O'Neil
First Vice President – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Denise Powell
Alley, Poyner, Macchietto Architecture

Jonathan Tvrdik
VP-Executive Creative Director – Phenomblue

Watie White

FUll-time Employment

There are currently no full-time opportunities. Any future positions will be posted here.


Omaha Creative Institute (OCI) is seeking an intern. With a very small staff (2 FTE employees), internships at OCI are incredibly flexible. OCI is eager to cater an internship to the needs and interest of the hired intern. Topics or Projects could include grant writing, development, marketing, PR, program development, database management, social media management, etc. Full responsibilities and internship expectations will be catered and created for the specific internship.

  • Have completed or currently pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Good organization skills, self-motivated, attention to detail, and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines;
  • Enthusiasm for OCI’s mission;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Mac software;
  • Sense of humor;

Salary & Hours
Stipend and hours are flexible depending on availability and interests of the intern, but a stipend is available. Approx. 10-20 hours/week.
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your specific nonprofit interests to Andrew@omahacreativeinstitute.org with a subject line of: “Intern Position”. Be personal and be honest. Please address your career goals and what you're specifically looking to develop while at OCI. This is an opportunity to create the internship of your dreams!


It is the policy of Omaha Creative Institute to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and to maintain an environment free of harassment or retaliation as required by law. 

Contact us!


Omaha Creative Institute

1516 Cuming St.
Omaha, NE 68102


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