Raising money to pay for the day to day operating expenses of Omaha Creative Institute to help us accomplish even more in 2013.

Over the past four years Omaha Creative Institute has grown with leaps and bounds, and this past year was our most exciting yet. With the help of grants and generous donations from our patrons we were able to put on 40 of our signature “Come Create It” workshops, attracting 350 people of all ages and demographics from Omaha and beyond. We also were able to execute several larger events, like the development of a fresh new website, including resources for artists to help them more pragmatically pursue their artistic careers. We built a number of partnerships with community organizations, including UNMC, Siena/Francis House, Alegent Creighton Health, Emerging Terrain, Metro, Bellevue University, and RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs. We took our new traveling workshop, made up of a renovated truck and trailer donated by two board members and sponsored by Alegent Creighton Health, to thirteen community events this summer, including Cinco de Mayo, Elkhorn Days, Papillion Days, Gretna Days, Dundee Day, and the Vinton Street Festival.

All of these events have helped us extend and expand upon our mission of bringing artistic and creative opportunities to the local community, putting Omaha on the map as a cultural destination. We have lofty goals for the upcoming year, including thirteen “Come Create It” workshops already planned and many more ideas in the pipeline from both our patrons and the artists we work with. We are also in the planning stages of bringing the public art project "Play Me, I'm Yours," which would place artistically decorated pianos in public locations for passersby to use at their leisure, to the streets of Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Unfortunately (and fortunately!) we cannot do this alone. Nothing we do at Omaha Creative Institute is possible without your help. Every dollar you contribute goes directly toward the workshops that bring the joy of creative expression and artistic development to area children and adults alike. Please consider even a small gift to help our organization continue to grow and succeed.

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