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Support Omaha Creative Institute

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!

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2013-2014 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.

Douglas County Commissioners, Carol Gendler, Sherwood Foundation, Todd & Betiana Simon Foundation, Alegent Creighton Health, Robert Daugherty Foundation

Annette & Paul Smith, SAC Federal Credit Union, Dutch & Jill Van Denburg, Lyft, Jim Creigh & Maria Claire Markusen, Omaha Community Foundation, Hannah & Ali Mirmiran, Laura & Michael Alley, Mutual of Omaha, Alfred G. Thomsen

Cynthia & Bill Buettner, Humanities Nebraska, Bud & Rebecca Shaw, Debra Ann Reilly & Bob Culver, Greta Vaught & John Ritland, Angelina Li & Wing Chan, Jim Luyten & Meredith Fuller, Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group, Dean & Jesse Rasmussen, L.B. "Red" & Jann Thomas, Village Pointe Shopping Center, Susan Thomas & Steve Hutchinson, Dorothy Tuma, Linda & David Gardels, Mike Kelly, David & Denise Levy, Rick & Theresa Mourey, Bob Benzel & Gerard Sullivan, Mary & Gary Day, Laura Vranes & John McIntyre, Mike & Jill Bydalek, Tim & Linda Daugherty, Drs. David Crotzer & Rebecca McCrery, George & Judy Haecker, Tom & Mary Kerr, Jess & Matt Moore, Susan Smoler, Sue & Tom Weidner, David & Laura Wilwerding   

Howard & Gloria Kaslow, Larry Roots, Union Pacific, Mary Zicafoose, John Rogers, Shelly Bartek, Les & Madalyn Bruning, Andy Holland, David Steadman & Sara McClure, Ann Pape, Jim Suttle, Suzanne Wise, Carolyn Anderson, Cindy & Craig Ellis, Carl & Janet Eskridge, Sasan & Whitney Gholami, Bill & Stacia Hoover, Jay & Kim Noddle, Katie & Justin Kemerling, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Jennifer Buescher & Mark Lane, Ryan Miller, Jill Slupe, Steven N. Jensen, Monte & Duane Thompson, Judith M. Vann, Roger & Kate Weitz, Watie White

Vicki Allely, Scott McCollister, Sharon Conlon & Jack Heidel, Maureen Waldron, Marjorie & Preston Maas, Tabitha & Peter Barley, Ellie Batt, Elisa & Drew Davies, Abigail & Robert Devin, Kara & Scott Eastman, Karen Gluck, Kay Lynn & John Goldner, Pam & Rod Hernandez, Dwight Johnson, Alice H. Kim & Adrian Blake, Joanne & Gordon Kissel, Lina Lander, Bill Lydiatt, Lois & Frank Norris, Magda Peck, Michele & Mark Peterson, Susan Ramsay, Sydney Lynch & Craig Roper, Carol & Rick Russell, Amanda & Ryan Shaw, Jeanie & Dick Sturgeon, Joseph Sullivan, David M. Thompson, Ruth Keene, Eunice Denenberg, Jaime Hackbart, Cynthia Frazier & Shahab Abdessalam, Mary & Ben Carrick, Mindy Cotner, Mary Kate Haworth, Robert Jordan, Dan Kilma, Judith Schweikart, Julie & Don Stavneak, Pam Stene, Suzanne & Kirk Swartzbaugh, Mary Talen, Ying Zhu, Tracy Baker, Amanda Lustgraaf, Sarah McKinstry Brown & Matt Mason, Jack Meidel, Robert Patterson, Jack & Nancy Round, Heather Thomas, Deborah Denenberg, John Jelinek, Nancy Lepo, Sarah Backhaus, Sara Cerasoli, Martie Cordaro, Marilyn Erickson, Nancy Hawekotte, Laura & John Iliff, Caitlin Kolb, Leslie Kuhnel, Sharon Latham, Danielle Martin, Nancy Morris, Denise Pratt, Dessi & Adam Price, Juliana & Rusty Reno, Zara Risoldi, Anne Severes, Karen Stokes, Ann Tesar, Karen Verdirame

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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 2013-2014 participating artists:

Maranda Allbritten, Lori Elliott-Bartle, Bob Bosco, Jim Boston, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, Madalyn Bruning, Jamie Burmeister, Joslyn Teen Alternative Art Camp, Mary Carrick, Resonance Concert Choir, Robert Cook, Elmo Diaz, Kathy Diaz, Mark Gutierrez, Beth Heimann, Bill Hoover, Tom Kerr, Kim Reid-Kuhn, Nancy Lepo, Natalie Linstrom, Eric Luchian, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Rachel Mindrup, Ann Pape, Larry Roots, Lisa Schlotfeld, Dori Settles, Colin Smith, Jim Snyder, Paula Wallace, Ying Zhu