About the Carver Bank Artists-in-Residence Program
The Carver Bank Artists-in-Residence Program provides a dedicated artist work studio and a $500 monthly stipend ($6,000 throughout the year) to exceptional North Omaha-minded artists or collaboratives—with an emphasis on artists of color, North Omaha residents, and those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity. Three artists or collaboratives will be selected for the 12-month program.
The program provides the opportunity to draw on mentorships and resources from internationally recognized artist Theaster Gates and Bemis Center and Rebuild Foundation staff to: develop, advance, and showcase their work; deepen their individual practices through critique, public engagement, skills and knowledge sharing; and create a space where personal artistic inquiry and collaborative relationships can flourish.
The artists selected for this program can be at any stage in their careers and work in all disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, performance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, architecture, or hybrids of the above. In addition to dedicated studio space at the Carver Bank, artists will have access to: Carver Bank’s interior and exterior performance and exhibition spaces, and the Bemis Center’s facility, which includes a woodshop, welding and ceramic equipment, and the 3,000 volume Clare Haas Howard Art Research Library.
About Town Hall + Carver Bank
Theaster Gates’ Town Hall + Carver Bank project is an effort to develop a new cultural space in the Near North Side neighborhood. Town Hall began in late 2010 with a series of dialogues and dinners with artists, stakeholders and potential partners, and this listening process continued throughout 2011. Currently underway, the renovation of the Carver Bank building marks the beginning of the second phase of Town Hall. Carver Bank, at 2416 Lake St., is the site of the first African American-owned bank in Omaha. The project’s goal is for the site to become a space of public participation and cultural adventure, and serve as a hub for the creative and public life of its neighborhood and community. Opening in winter 2012/13, Carver Bank will house exhibition and performance space, artist studios, a Big Mama’s Kitchen sandwich shop, and a transformed exterior landscape.