Artist grants

OCI’s Artist Grants program reiterates our mission to make Omaha a place where artists are able to live, work, and cultivate sustainable careers. Through awarding substantial funding to individual artists and public work projects, grant money contributes to the dynamic growth of a community rich in disciplinary and cultural diversity. Awards activate public spaces in meaningful ways and become catalysts for change in the careers of individual artists at various stages of professional development.


What types of artist grants does oci offer?

Public Works Grants
OCI’s Public Works Grants are awarded after a submission review process to an individual artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective working toward realizing a large-scale, public facing project that might not be possible otherwise because of financial constraints.

OCI is looking for standalone projects that can be fully funded by this $5,000 grant opportunity and foster critical dialogue through creating a shift away from how public spaces traditionally operate. While traditional public art is certainly eligible, we define the parameters of “public work” as any project that significantly impacts how shared spaces function and how the public experiences those spaces.