Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities.
WE SUPPORT ARTISTS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO THRIVE IN THEIR CAREERS.
We believe that artists are the core of a strong arts ecosystem.
Since 2016, we’ve awarded $52,000 in grants to artists and will award another $50,000+ in 2019 alone. We offer ongoing education and professional development opportunities. We also facilitate access to legal professionals for essential services.
WE AMPLIFY THE WORK OF OTHERS BY PROVIDING AN ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC PLATFORM.
We believe that communities thrive when arts and culture are seen as essential, not luxuries.
We leverage our resources and connections to give innovative artists of all disciplines a larger platform. All of our programs are designed to give artists a stronger voice.
WE UNITE THE ARTS SECTOR TO ADVOCATE FOR LONG-TERM CHANGE.
We believe systemic change happens from working at both a macro and micro level.
We work to unite the arts sector and solve larger systemic problems. We connect artists, organizations, and industry leaders to identify common goals and obstacles. We find solutions, make plans, keep everyone accountable and share the progress.
We want to build an Omaha that is recognized across the country as a destination for artists and creatives of all disciplines; where artists are valued for their contributions and have the capacity to forge their own path toward a sustainable career.
Inclusivity - We provide services and opportunities to artists of all disciplines, identities, and levels of experience. While the nature of some opportunities (like grants) are limited to few, we believe in a transparent application and selection process, encouraging everyone to learn and grow from that opportunity.
Innovation - We seek to inspire the production of compelling work and encourage artists to push the boundaries of their practice in new and unexpected directions, and to never feel complacent. We encourage the same progress in the arts community as a whole.
Continuing Education - We are never done learning, and that is something we make clear through all of our professional development opportunities. Everyone, regardless of where they are in their career or life journey has something to learn and something to teach others.
Community - We all achieve more when we work together. We are one small part of a wider arts community and a physical one, Little Bohemia. We are committed to investing time and energy into both, and working with artists, community members, and partners to lift each other up.
Support Local - We believe that supporting local artists is a vital part of retaining Omaha’s creative talent and attracting even more to our community. There are plenty of different ways to lend your support: buying work by local artists, going to exhibition openings and performances, volunteering your time, or donating to local arts nonprofits.
Sustainability - We help artists of all disciplines, whether they’re already established or just getting started, develop long-term solutions for sustaining an active and productive creative practice.
Peanut Butter Pretzels & La Croix™ - We like to keep things focused but informal. For us, hospitality, fun vibes, and good snacks are a mainstay.
Progress - We champion a stronger Omaha by advocating for cultural appreciation and arts recognition within the community, organizations, and the sector. We encourage strategic partnerships between Omaha’s community organizations and artists to support the success of the arts sector, in order to build stronger communities.