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Coffee house, local art gallery, events/meeting space, concert venue
The Foundry is a unique member of the Benson community, a reflection of the bohemian artistry and caring empathy that make the close-knit neighborhood so unique.
We interviewed Jeff Spiehs, the director of the Omaha Foundry Community, about the non-profit’s mission.
Part art gallery, part concert venue, the central hub behind the found in benson zine, and giver of space to meetings, groups, and bands in need, Jeff makes it clear that the Foundry Community is nothing if not eclectic. It’s also a coffee house where the main product, fresh roasted coffee, is free!
The Foundry’s main mission is to serve the community, whether that means providing disadvantaged people in the area with assistance, or giving songwriters and Benson business people a place to relax during their down time. Jeff stresses the community’s three guiding principles:
The Foundry takes this George Bernard Shaw quote as their guiding message:
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”
Not a bad mission, huh? We encourage you to stop by!
The Foundry receives support from many people and businesses in Omaha, and in our interview Jeff mentions: Pete Festersen (City Council), Amy Ryan (owner of the Pizza Shoppe), Mark Goodall (attorney at Goodfirm, Pres. Benson Business Association), Benson Printing, Jake’s Cigars and Spirits, Burke’s Pub, Leo’s Diner, Worlds of Wayne podcast, and contributors to found in benson: Marq Manner (City Weekly), Brad Hoshaw, and Kyle Harvey.
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