Our Town

City of Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

$100,000

2012

The City of Omaha is partnering with the not-for-profit Love's Jazz and Art Center and local organizations on the Street of Dreams project, part of the revitalization plans for North Omaha's 24th and Lake Street District, which is purported to have the nation's highest African-American childhood poverty rate. The Our Town grant will support two different but closely tied projects. Half of the project will fund a feasibility and community design study to re-imagine a key public space, Festival Square, as a flexible place for the arts. For the other half of the project, the partners will engage renowned visual artist and urban planner, Theaster Gates. Gates will be commissioned to transform a nearby vacant building into a central space for artists and residents featuring studios, exhibition, performance, and community spaces to host rotating exhibits.