Omaha readies for a week of creativity


August 29th, 2012

Omaha, NE – Omaha is getting its creative juices flowing this week, as the third annual Omaha Creative Week kicks off.

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A festival of sorts, Omaha Creative Week’s 10-day lineup includes a range of events that take place across the city: everything from community conversations on a bus, to a bicycle tour of urban redevelopment projects, to a smart phone filmmaking competition. “The goal was really to bring some of the disparate parts of the creative community together,” said Susan Thomas, executive director of the Omaha Creative Institute, which helped organize the event.

Attendees at a discussion about creativity in business during the 2011 Omaha Creative Week. (Courtesy photo)

Thomas said Omaha has a burgeoning creative community, which is broadening from its basis in the arts and culture to creative thinking behind every aspect of city life – from business to transportation and engineering. “This city is so focusing on creativity and innovation and entrepreneurship,” Thomas said. “I think this is the kind of place where entrepreneurs can really get a toe hold and live, until they can get things up and running, and then really take advantage of the growing metropolitan area.” Omaha Creative Week, she said, is helping to bridge the fields of art, business and technology, and make creativity accessible to the city as a whole.

Omaha Creative Week includes over 30 events, or creative “Sparks” as organizers call them, which begin Friday and run through September 9th. To see the full schedule of events, click here.

Editorial Note: KVNO News will be following a few of the events next week, so check back with the Arts Desk soon.

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