WHAT DO WE DO?
We promote 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 have 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 micro and macro 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.
Open call: Millwork Commons Shipping Container Mural Project
Amplify Arts is proud to be partnering with the Millwork Commons neighborhood on an innovative public art project. This neighborhood has been known for innovation since the first bricks were laid, and it will continue as artists help build a place where innovators and creators collaborate and grow. A long-term vision for Millwork Commons is to strengthen Omaha’s urban core and help define our city as a culturally vibrant and inclusive place. Artists are essential in helping to accomplish this goal.
We are currently seeking artists to submit applications. Three artists will be chosen to collaborate on a large mural project on shipping containers (500 sf each). Each artist will be responsible for painting one shipping container which, when stacked, will create one cohesive piece. The selected artists will be given one month to meet, collaborate, and develop a concept to present to the jury for approval. Selected artists will each receive a $6,000 stipend.
Available Now: Patron Memberships
Amplify Arts’ Patron Membership connects audiences to artists by making space to build and cultivate meaningful and lasting personal relationships. Patron Members receive invitations to monthly events - opportunities to meet innovative local artists of all disciplines and attend exclusive readings, performances, artist talks, tours, studio crawls, and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you're new to the Omaha arts scene or an old pro, everyone is welcome to join and encounter local artists and their work firsthand.
Announcing the 2019 Public Impact Grant recipients
Congratulations to Holly Kranker and John Cohorst, recipients of this $10,000 award which will support their project CAR>GO (Community Activated Resource on the GO).
CAR>GO will be used as a shared meeting and workspace for artists and creatives to exchange ideas, have conversations around issues of infrastructure, and collaborate on neighborhood projects. CAR>GO, a modified cargo container, will be designed as flexible workspace that can accommodate anything from group meetings to creative studio / project space.
CAR>GO also proposes alternatives to maintaining the status quo by rethinking our approach to building infrastructure and creating a space that's scaled down, made of repurposed materials, and powered by renewable energy and biofuels.
The Public Impact Grant is awarded by an external jury of artists, arts professionals, and qualified community members to an individual artist, collaborative group, collective, or duo. The 2019 Public Impact Grant jury included Hyunjee Nicole Kim, independent writer and curator, Stephen Osberg, Director of Transportation Development at the Greater Omaha Chamber, and Amanda Smith, 2018 Artist Support Grant recipient.
Artist Memberships: Access quality opportunities throughout the year
Artist Members of Amplify Arts have access to many great benefits, such as free attendance at Working Artist Wednesdays, 2 waived grant application fees per year, the ability to share events and news via the Amplify Arts e-newsletter, and many more!