Week Fifty Two

I’ll call this “breaking news”

Posted in 2008 Archives, Art news, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 19 October 2008

Last week, I got an email in my inbox about something called the “Omaha Creativity Institute.” It’s a project I’d been hearing about via rumor for months in the art community: rumor had it that the Hot Shops, in partnership with Bellevue University, was taking over the adjacent (and huge) Mastercraft warehouse building near its 13th and Nicholas St. home to expand its existing space and scope.

Well, seems its actually happening – or on its way to happening.

Artists from the Hot Shops and Bellevue University have joined forces to do a feasibility study about the project, and the group met Sunday to present its findings. The Omaha Creativity Institute project, estimated to cost $25 million, is earmarked by the group as the “signature project desired by the city for creativity education.”

Now, the Omaha Creativity Institute is looking to partner with organizations and Omahans who want to invest in the project.

The Hot Shops will own and manage the OCI, and its campus would include the existing Hot Shops building as well as the 130,000 square foot Mastercraft building, formerly a furniture factory.  The Mastercraft building, once it becomes an educational facility, will be open to the public.

The space will house OCI’s creativity classes and workshops, Bellevue University’s College of Creativity and Design and its BFA and proposed MFA programs. Other opportunities include independently run enterprises of live theater companies, a digital technology/film studio, a professionally curated contemporary art exhibition space, and a mix of commercial shops, both food and beverage, and retail. This mix is used to create a sustainable revenue stream supporting the OCI non-profit cultural entities.

So that’s the long and short of this very big news. If you want to see the full findings of the feasibility study, here’s the full report in PDF form.

OCI Feasibility Study Results

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  1. […] on 6 January 2009 at 1:44 pm The news that Week Fifty Two brought you in October 2008 – about the Omaha Creative Instutite – showed up on the front page of the Omaha World-Herald […]


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