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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.

No More Empty Pots

No More Empty Pots began for the purpose of connecting individuals and groups to promote local, sustainable businesses that improve self-sufficiency and regional food security through advocacy and action.

To help support this effort, No More Empty Pots organized a coalition that is an array of public and private organizations, businesses, communities, and entrepreneurs. No More Empty Pots’ vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adhering to its core values of education, sustainability, and stewardship.

Omaha Venture Group was drawn to the work of No More Empty Pots in addressing the issues some of our community’s problems such as unhealthy diets and obesity. Current and proposed initiatives of No More Empty Pots includes urban agriculture projects such as the Gifford Park Teen Market Garden and a shared commercial kitchen in north Omaha providing nutrition education, a small business incubator, and food service and job readiness training.

Emerging Terrain

Emerging Terrain is a non-profit research and design collaborative that serves the Omaha community through highly public and large physical scale programming. They creatively reposition places, spaces, systems and structures perceived as obsolete or undesirable by the general public. The first project, “Stored Potential”, included thirteen banners on unused grain silos and a 500-person community dinner, is currently viewed by 76,000 commuters passing by each day on Interstate-80. More directly, Hanscom Park Neighborhood residents who assisted with support, planning, and site preparations express increased community pride and significantly decreased graffiti.

Dollars from Omaha Venture Group will be used two ways. First, to launch the second phase of the banner project which will focus on transportation. Another portion of the funds will go to future projects possibly including a large scale suburban land use mapping project, repurposing a vacant Wal-Mart as an exhibition, a competition to design freeway interchanges into ‘productive’ landscapes, and a community driven urban transect of the 24th Street Corridor from river to river.