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At Omaha Creative Institute, we believe that the artistic possibilities, sense of accomplishment, and joy that come from creative expression should be available for everyone to experience. Originally formed as an initiative of the Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha Creative Institute has blossomed into a collaborative entity that strives to provide leadership, opportunities, and tools to help members of the community embrace their creative impulses and accomplish the unexpected.

We are passionate about providing a variety of ways for the Omaha community to experience art, awaken their inner creative spirits, and unleash possibilities they may never have known existed. Our workshops offer a creative outlet for participants to explore their full potential, with no experience necessary. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to discover his or her inner artist, entrepreneur, or creative thinker.

As a mission-based, nonprofit arts organization, Omaha Creative Institute is entirely dependent on the on-going support of the Omaha community. Twenty percent of our revenue comes from workshop fees and events, and the rest of our funding comes from partnerships, grants, and the generosity of individual donors. A donation to the Omaha Creative Institute goes directly toward our operational expenses.

Creative thinking is vital in our world, so please donate to OCI today, enroll in one of our Come Create It workshops, or arrange for a customized experience for your workplace team. Your support gives Omaha Creative Institute funding to develop other inspiring programming and initiatives in the greater Omaha area and to support local artists in their professional endeavors. Thank you for your consideration and for stopping by to learn about Omaha Creative Institute. Now, come create something with us!

 

2014-2015 Sponsors

Without donations and support from our partners we could not exist. We would like to thank our wonderful supporters for championing our mission and fostering creativity and art in the Omaha community.

Carol Gendler, Douglas County Commissioners, Sherwood Foundation, Cooper Foundation, Todd & Betiana Simon Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Adah & Leon Millard Foundation, Jetton Charitable Fund, Nebraska Arts Council

SAC Federal Credit Union, Ann Pape, Lyft, Omaha Community Foundation, Maria Markusen & Jim Creigh, Watie White, Dutch & Jill Van Denburg, Hannah & Ali Mirmiran, Paul & Annette Smith

Dr. Debra Ann Reilly & Bob Culver,  Jesse & Dean Rasmussen, Jann & Red Thomas, Laura & Michael Alley, Village Pointe Shopping Center, Pam & Rod Hernandez, Nelson, Van Denburg & Campbell, Bob Benzel & Gerry Sullivan, Jack Harding & Sara Larkins, Monte & Duane Thompson, Cynthia & Bill Buettner, Jim Luyten & Meredith Fuller, Katie & Justin Kemerling, Kelli & Bill Stott, Kris & Ali Khan, Jack Heidel & Sharon Conlon, Shahab Abdessalam & Cindy Frazier, Janet & Carl Eskridge, Madalyn & Les Bruning, Carolyn Anderson  

Union Pacific Corporation, Mike Kelly, Laura & David Wilwerding, John Rogers, Jim & Deb Suttle, Steve Hutchinson, Denise & David Levy, Rick Jeffries, Andy Holland, Ellie Batt, Gloria & Howard Kaslow, Dwight Johnson & Julie Livingston, John Rebrovic & Linda Burt, Dr. David Crotzer & Dr. Rebecca McCrery, Mollie & Terry Foster, Gail Veitzer, Judy & Larry Roots, Melanie & Fred Clark, Ann & Mike McGuire, Mary & Gary Day, Susan Thomas, Katie & Roger Weitz, Sasan & Whitney Gholami, Steve Jensen, Linda & David Gardels

Cindy & Craig Ellis, Vicki Allely, Susie & Stewart Smoler, Lois & Frank Norris, Dorothy Tuma, Walt Jesteadt & Donna Neff, Lauren & Tony Kincaid, Sylvia Cohn, Mary Zicafoose, David M. Thompson, Scott McCollister, Maureen Waldron, Adrian Blake & Alice Kim, Carol & Rick Russell, Lina Lander, Kara & Scott Eastman, Michele & Mark Peterson, Jill Slupe, Judith Schweikart, Julie & Don Stavneak, Miao Liu & Ying Zhu, Mary & Ben Carrick, Suzanne & Kirk Swartzbaugh, Jaim Hackbart, Tracy Baker, Robert Patterson, Amanda Lustgraaf, Nancy Lepo, John Jelinek, Marjorie & Preston Maas, Matt Mason & Sara McKinstry-Brown, Caitlin Kolb, Laura Vranes & John McIntyre, Martie Cordaro, Heather Thomas, Laura & John Iliff, Karen Stokes, Dessi & Adam Price, Nancy & Jack Round   

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Get Involved

Contact us to request information about our current volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Community events
  • Annual Patron Party
  • Come Create It Workshops

Participating Artists

We would like to give special thanks to our 2014-2015 participating artists:

Teaching artists: Maranda Allbritten, Alicia Armentrout, Kait Berreckman, Madalyn Bruning, Elmo Diaz, Kathy Diaz, Lori Elliott-Bartle, Dan Gilbert, Mark Gutierrez, Beth Heimann, Tom Kerr, Kris Khan, Nancy Lepo, Natalie Linstrom, Sara McKinstry-Brown, Ann Pape, Dori Settles, Iggy Sumnik, George Walker, Robin Zagurski, Ying Zhu

Artist INC fellows: Travis Apel, Alicia Armentrout, Kait Berreckman, Scott Blake, Erin Blayney, Joel Damon, Lori Elliott-Bartle, Jaim Hackbart, Greg Harries, Linda Hatfield, Courtney Kenny Porto, Kris Khan, Holly Kranker, Nancy Lepo, Denise Levy, Elizabeth Noble, Jennifer Radil, Emily Reinhardt, Iggy Sumnik, Nolan Tredway, Robin Zagurski

OCI board members: Les Bruning, Watie White, Ying Zhu