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Restoration Exchange Omaha

Restoration Exchange Omaha is a volunteer group of architects, historians, conservators and other preservation and restoration professionals and enthusiasts in the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities. The group is dedicated to promoting activities to educate, advocate and invigorate the public to restore, revive and preserve older homes, businesses and neighborhoods in the area.  To assist Restoration Exchange Omaha in its efforts to toward sustainability, the OVG grant will be used as start-up funding for two, potentially ongoing, revenue streams including: 1.) the sale of select prints, books and other items from the organization’s archives and 2.) the writing of local landmark and/or National Register nominations for historic property owners.

Nebraskans for the Arts

Representing over 100 arts organizations and hundreds of individual members across the state, Nebraskans for the Arts advises policy makers, elected officials, and community leaders on the importance of strong arts-education in our schools, the economic impact of the arts in our communities, and the benefits of pro-arts policies for Nebraska. Nebraskans for the Arts will use their OVG grant to support the formation of an inaugural Creative Industries Council in Omaha. This council will serve as a liaison and communication conduit for creative professionals in the community, such as architects, designers, musicians, and graphic artists. The grant will allow the group to attend the Nebraska Arts Council’s state arts conference, meet regularly throughout the year to formalize their mission and plan of action, and create a template for such an organization in other Nebraska communities.

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc.

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. seeks to rehabilitate native Nebraska wildlife and migratory birds for return to the wild, to preserve and restore native habitats, and to educate youth and adults about the importance of wildlife and ecosystems by engaging them in projects and activities that contribute to the well-being of our natural environment and inspire them to take action to protect it. Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. will be utilizing their grant to hire a part-time Intern Supervisor for the summer of 2014. In order to meet growing demand services, the organization has identified a need to increase their university intern program from 6 summer interns to 20 interns for the coming summer. This new position will allow for an additional staff member to train, supervise, and support 2014 summer interns, while also increasing organizational capacity and operational efficiency.

SNAP Productions

SNAP Productions was founded with the mission to provide educational and humanistic support of AIDS related programs and to promote understanding and acceptance of all members of the community through artistic expression. With a goal to educate and inspire, SNAP produces quality theater that is “a celebration of life.” For over twenty years the organization has staged contemporary plays and musicals, a number of them Omaha premieres. Many productions have focused on people living with AIDS, but the predominant focus is on acceptance, which has included topics such as civil rights, aging, and autism, among others. SNAP Productions plans to utilizing their OVG grant in upgrading their lighting capabilities. SNAP has limited space in which to create performances and with enhanced lighting effects, the organization can utilize lighting techniques to maximize the use of their space.

Great Plains Black History Museum

The Great Plains Black History Museum chronicles the history of African Americans in Nebraska and in the Great Plains States. The Museum serves several communities – North Omaha, City of Omaha, State of Nebraska, Great Plains Region and Nationally.  Great Plains Black History Museum will use the grant to support its Archival Preservation efforts. The project is to reunify and catalog all records for future digitization to allow for more widespread usage by the public.


Hear Nebraska

Hear Nebraska is a nonprofit cultural organization that cultivates the state’s vibrant, fertile music and arts community. By providing resources and a voice for bands, artists and members of Nebraska’s creative class — as well as the businesses that support them — Hear Nebraska strives to make the state a globally recognized cultural destination.

The Omaha Venture Group grant will be used to create HN Radio, a 24/7 online stream of Nebraska music that will actually allow people in the state and across the world to “hear” Nebraska. We produce, by any standards, an incredible amount of original multimedia content on our site everyday telling the story of Nebraska’s (and primarily Omaha’s) rich arts culture. And to make OMaha and surrounding areas a destination for bands and creative class members to visit and live. HN Radio will not only tell this story in a new way, but it will do much to make the organization sustainable by getting this engaging content and fundraising message to new ears through handheld digital devices, and other online outlets.

For now, follow HearNebraska, and all the great stories about Nebraska music and culture at


Each season AETHERPLOUGH is dedicated to:

  • CREATING: one original, ensemble-based performance;
  • PRODUCING: at least one live arts event showcasing the work of local artists; and
  • PRESENTING: an out-of-town performance work that adds context and content to our growing local community of multi-disciplinary artists in order to engage Omaha in the national contemporary performance dialogue.

The Omaha Venture Group grant will be used to create and present an original performance work in 2012 by AETHERPLOUGH’s performance ensemble. Using the OVG grant to focus on the ‘create’ will give AETHERPLOUGH the financial leverage needed to develop the budget for other areas of their mission and insure the continued growth of the organization.

The Union for Contemporary Art

The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to cultivating a more creative culture in the Great Plains region by providing direct support to artists and advancing the appreciation of contemporary art through education and exhibition. Some of the services they are looking at providing: Art based Educational Outreach to Omaha’s youth, Galleries dedicated to the Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Studio space for Artists and Accessibility to Equipment and Facilities. OVG funding will be used for a summer education pilot programming for underserved/at-risk youth in our community. The three workshops that will be offered are Paper Scultpure and Assemblage, Ceramics and Creative Writing. This is a new organization and OVG will be helping to fund their first initiative.

Neighbors United

Neighbors United started by an effort by inCommon Community Development to create dialogue between area faith leaders around the perceived needs and assets in the Park Avenue area. The first initiative from this partnership was a Community Meal, served every Saturday. From their active listening to the community, a need was assessed to have a Community Center developed in the Park Avenue/Leavenworth District area. The primary objective of the Community Center is to address community and economic development needs by providing support and services for low income and other at-risk residents. The focus will be on building community support networks, providing preventive and emergency services and increasing personal and employment success. OVG funding will be applied to staffing the Project Director position for the Center. inCommon Community Development was an earlier OVG grantee, and is good to see them active in the community and helping to create a new organization.

Wright Care Dentistry

Wright Care Dentistry is a nonprofit dental service provider that plans to serve only uninsured patients. Wright Care is concentrating on serving the elderly population of the Omaha Metro area; this is an underrepresented population in regards to dental care. OVG funding would provide initial startup costs for the IT infrastructure of their office. This organization is in the startup phase and is based on an existing model based in St. Louis.