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Croatian Mural Progress

We had a good week painting on the Croatian Community Mural. Connor Harrison joined our team. We have been visited by a lot of neighbors. One of them had the priests' Christmas season blessing still above her door, and her mother not only played baseball for Saints Peter and Paul but also worked in a packing plant making sausages, just like images in our mural. The neighborhood is changing but the mural is still a reflection of the people. Another visitor we had appeared to be African-American and Hispanic (and she was) but she was also very proud of her Croatian roots. South Omaha IS a mixing pot.  You can read more about our project and our new intern at...

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Vinton street proposals were looked at last night

A Request for public art was sent out recently and last night at the Apollon gallery there was a showing of 20 different excellent entries. REALLY GOOD WORK! It was very fun that the public got to vote for their favorites and in the days to come The public input will be considered by the Omaha by Design Vinton Street Art Committee. After that the design selected will be reviewed by the Public Works and Urban Design/City Planning Departments of the City of Omaha and reviewed by the City of Omaha Public Arts Commission. So the winner has a lot of hoops to go through, we are wishing luck to everyone who entered. If we are chosen we will be...

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We Are Having a Mexican Mural celebration Sunday July 10th at 7:30 With Food From El Alamo Restaurant.

The mural that will be celebrated Sunday on the El Mercado building (4907 s. 25th st.) is a beautiful result of "the people's art."  It was the result of many people of the Mexican American community of South Omaha coming together to share what matters to them: who they are, what they stand for and how do they want to be remembered.  We had eight community meetings.  Four of them for sharing stories and ideas and four of them for shaping them into a design. We were invited into people's homes to look at scrap book after scrap book of newspaper clippings and old photos.  We were treated to great home cooked food and had great conversations.  We heard a...

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It’s time for final design approval for the Polish Mural!

Calling on Design Committee members and all interested to meet at Dinker’s Bar and Grill, this Friday, July 1 from 5:30-7pm, to look at the current design and approve and/or recommend changes. Please contact Mike at 402.936.0527 if you are a committee member who cannot meet at this hour and would like to see the design on Saturday. Funding: We received funding from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Polish Home Inc. and had some good fundraisers with the Polish and Irish communities.  We did not, however receive funding from the Visitor Improvement Fund.  This leaves us short of our goal by a considerable amount.  We have enough to do the Polish Mural this summer but at a lower level than...

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Wall of Hope Artwork Completed

We did some glass mural and canvas work lately for Bergan Mercy NICU.  It was meaningful because it accompanied a wall of framed pictures of babies that were in the NICU, including Richard's son Connor, when they were sick and now that they are healthy.   Our glasswork is a painting process.  You can learn more about it Here. READ IN THE OMAHA WORD HERALD ABOUT OUR NICU WALL OF HOPE ART PROJECTS HERE. WATCH KMTV’S COVERAGE OF OUR NICU WALL OF HOPE ART PROJECTS HERE. ...

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How our Mexican Mural community paint days went

 We had a great time during community paint days during Cinco De Mayo!   PROJECTION NIGHT was fun too! We projected the image of the mural on the walls around the El Mercado on May 2nd.  We had a good turn out and a lot of fun! our most recent color sketch: Mexican Mural Rough Draft Approved April 22nd by the community   OMAHA WORLD HERALD TWO DOWN, EIGHT TO GO AS MURALS SPRING FROM SOUTH OMAHA MELTING POT 3/23/2016 Our Conversations and Research on the The Mexican Community of South Omaha Page WITH RESEARCH FROM THE MEXICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE MIDLANDS AND RELIGIONS AND COMMUNITY: MEXICAN AMERICANS OF SOUTH OMAHA (1900-1980) MARIA ARBALAEZ, PH.D. ...

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