Omaha Creative Institute New American Artist Grant / Deadline: June 1, 2018


Omaha Creative Institute’s New American Artist Grant is an unrestricted $3,500 award granted by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual New American artist. The grant term is from June – January 2019. This particular designation is meant to support artists working to balance an active creative practice with the challenges of negotiating the practical, legal, and ideological shifts associated with immigrant, refugee, DACA, and first generation American statuses.

Selected artists will share their work during a public program before the end of the grant term that, in some way, enhances viewers’ understanding of their practice. Public programs might include workshops, lectures, panel discussions, readings, open studios, skill sharing, performances, screenings, book or album releases, etc. Grant recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in a year-end curated group exhibition in OCI’s gallery space, alongside fellow awardees.


Any artist maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years-old and not enrolled in a degree-seeking program by August 1, 2018. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant.

A note on this special designation:
We define “New American” in broad terms and include first generation Americans, recent immigrants, those with refugee status, and DACA recipients. This designation is open to all New Americans regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art practice in new and innovative ways
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering contemporary discourse in any of the above disciplines
  • Potential of the grant to impact future work and advance artistic career goals