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WAW: Summer School Warm Up: Artist Talks

  • Omaha Creative Institute 1419 South 13th Street; Suite 103 Omaha, NE, 68108 United States (map)
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OCI, The Bemis, and The Union are teaming up on July 14th to bring you 'Summer School: A Professional Development Series for Artists.' This year, Summer School is all about access: gaining access to professional opportunities and fine-tuning how you present yourself, and your work, to cultivate those opportunities. Complete details are coming soon, but this intensive, half-day event will include a professional access panel discussion, facilitated discussion about accessing opportunities through social media and the web, and the space for individual attendees to share their work with the room during a round of PechaKucha-style artist talks.

As a warm-up before Summer School, OCI is hosting a special Working Artist Wednesday session with artist and educator, Bart Vargas on July 11th. Bart will talk about the PechaKucha format, share some tips, and then we'll open up the floor to audience participation during this working session. Attendees are invited to learn from other presenters, share their own artist talks, solicit feedback from the group, and make adjustments or edits before the second round of PechaKuchas during Summer School the following Saturday.

About the PechaKucha format: PechaKucha style talks were devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a fast-paced, concise way to present work and communicate ideas. The format has since grown in popularity and is essentially a presentation comprised of 15 slides, timed at 20 seconds each. Those conventions are flexible and images, style, and transitions are all left up to the presenter's discretion. The only real hard and fast rule is that no presentation should exceed 5 minutes.

If you're interested in participating in our WAW warm-up session before Summer School, please email Peter ( for a PechaKucha slide template or to submit your presentation. All presentations must be submitted via email no later that midnight, July 10th for inclusion in this working session.

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the professional aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month.

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public. OCI cannot offer childcare services, but parents you are more than welcome to bring your children if childcare is not available to you.

The WAW Series is sponsored in part by the Peter Kiewit Foundation.

Earlier Event: June 20
WAW: Insuring Your Work
Later Event: July 19
Angie Seykora: In Studio