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20 years OF CELEBRATING OMAHA

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Omahans grumbled about there not being enough to do here. For a city searching for an image in a flyover state straining to retain its best and brightest and attract new talent, it sounded an alarm. Seemingly, Omaha arts-culture plateaued. Major players retrenched while smaller, newer ones tried finding their way. It appeared Omaha collectively lacked the vision or confidence to enhance its horizons. The status quo went stale. Then, whether by design or coincidence, Omaha enjoyed a renaissance in the space of a single generation. This flowering shows no signs of slowing down.

ALL THE OPTIONS

“Over the last 20 years Omaha has grown up a lot and the arts have grown up with it,” said TODD SIMON, Omaha Steaks International executive and a major arts funder, “There’s certainly a lot more variety and a lot more choices for our community. Any night of the week you can open up the newspaper or go on the Web and you can find something of interest to you. Whether it’s music, art, film, live theater, there is something for everyone every night of the week in Omaha now. “If you’re bored here it’s because you’re not breathing. If you can’t find something to do in Omaha right now, shame on you.” SADDLE CREEK RECORDS executive JASON KULBEL was among those bemoaning the lack of options. No more.

INDIE MUSIC

“Simply put, there’s more to do now,” he said. “There’s so many different things to pick and choose from. Whatever interests you, whatever your thing is, it’s here now. It’s really cool.” He champions the live indie music scene now having more venues and he embraces the festivals that have cropped up, from MAHA to PLAYING WITH FIRE to the newly announced RED SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL.

bravo! celebrating the arts

omaha • lincoln • council bluffs

during the past 20 years the omaha metro has given rise to an arts-culture renaissance in the space of a single generation

renaissance ARTS & CULTURE 20 years of applause STORY BY LEO ADAM BIGA | PHOTO ANTHOLOGY BY METROMAGAZINE

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