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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.

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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.

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Peter Fankhauser

Programs Manager

Peter is an artist and educator who has held posts at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and The City University of New York, where he also received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Practice.  Narrative’s mutation across different media platforms has become a recurring theme in his work and a primary preoccupation. He has exhibited at independent and alternative spaces nationally and abroad including Judson Memorial Church (New York City), Death By Audio (Brooklyn), Silent Barn (Brooklyn), AC Institute (New York City), and the Meltdown Festival (London). In addition to his position as Programs Manager at Omaha Creative Institute, Peter teaches courses in Photography and Visual Literacy at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.