The Union for Contemporary Art held its first community clean-up event at their new building on Burdette Street boasting nearly 100 volunteers and obtaining upwards of $3,000 in donations and gifted materials for the clean-up effort. They are surely ready for their inaugural group of eight Fellows who started their 6-month programs in February where they will not only work on their own art, but create projects supporting our community. Sculptor Kjell Peterson will be building boats and starting Omaha’s “first tool lending library.” Fashion designer Olajide Cooper while working on her latest creation will create an after school program to help teenage girls build self-esteem through fashion design. Visual artist Maranda Allbritten teams with author and editor Tom McCauley to create handmade art books and a program with a North Omaha middle school to provide students opportunities to create books about their dreams for North Omaha. Other fellows are fiber artist Sarah Kolar, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette and sculptor Jackie Sterba.
Mar. 2, KANEKO will be opening an exhibit featuring work by photographer Jim Krantz with a special presentation by Henry Henderson of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Homage: Remembering Chernobyl, is an exhibit by the award winning international photographer and Omaha native Krantz of documentation of the villages, homes, families, desertion and survivors of Chernobyl. Both Krantz and Henderson will discuss the humanistic impact of nuclear accidents like Chernobyl and the environmental ramifications in the current quest for energy alternatives at the reception at 7pm. The exhibition at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., runs through March 10. Thekaneko.org.
Omaha First Friday for Mar. 2 includes Gary Bowling—Cumulative Now at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Old Market, Artistic Outliers featuring work by Frank Daharsh, Linda Hatfield and Dale Macafee at Artist Cooperative Gallery and pottery by Deidre Johnson at the Old Market Artists Gallery. Saturday night Hot Shops will host a closing reception for Dawn Belik’s Noir Shoot series of black and white photos including a poetry reading by writers inspired by her work.
Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award double winner Ying Zhu installs Move Slowly at House of Loom Friday night March 2, including a site-specific exhibition of meticulously sculpted pieces and an interactive WRAP party. Houseofloom.com
Nebraskans for the Arts recently launched a new website offering arts news and resources for arts advocacy. March 7, NFA is asking community members to call or email state senators about the importance of the arts in legislature. Visit nebraskansforthearts.org for details.