Ends on November 2, 2018

$15.00 USD


OCI's Generator Grants emphasize professional development by assisting Omaha area artists through the entire process of organizing, marketing, and presenting a curated exhibition or performance.

Artists or organizers craft and submit a proposal for a curated group exhibition or performance. Proposals should present work that expands the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art in new and innovative ways and speak to a well-developed, cohesive overarching concept or theme. Proposals that include unconventional, experimental, multi-disciplinary and project-based work will be favored.

If accepted, artists or organizers then schedule studio visits with other artists and performers, identify potential venues, and create marketing materials to promote their event. OCI is there each step of the way to lend support, advice, and resources that enable artist-generated content to take shape outside the context of larger institutional systems. Generator Grants encourage artists to make their own opportunities through self-organizing, cultivate strong peer communities, and connect artists to wider audiences.

Generator Grant recipients also organize one Public Program in conjunction with their event. Public Programs might include screenings, live performances, readings, lectures, workshops, skill sharing sessions, etc., and can take place at any point during the show’s run. By attaching public programming to each exhibition, artists reactivate their event, foster critical dialogue, and contribute to the development of Omaha’s cultural landscape.

OCI’s Generator Grants are awarded by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual artist, collaborative duo, artist collective, curator, curatorial collaborative, or organizer working toward realizing a curated group exhibition or performance that might not be possible otherwise because of financial constraints or lack of space. The grant term is from January - December 2019 and awards will vary depending on the needs and scope of the project. Most projects will receive funding in the $1,000-$1,500 range. 

*Please note: Generator Grants are designed to support exhibitions and performances that include between 2-5 artists or performers. These awards do not support solo shows or performances of an individual artists’ work.



Financial Support:

OCI provides financial support for selected Generator Grant projects to assist with expenses that include artist stipends for between 2-5 participants, a stipend for the Public Program, project-specific supplies, production assistance, and packing and/or shipping of artworks. Awards will vary depending on the needs and scope of the project. Most projects will receive funding in the $1,000-$1,500 range. OCI is a W.A.G.E. certified organization and our programs adhere to W.A.G.E. guidelines. Click here for more information.

Promotional Support:

For most projects, OCI will support the production of printed cards/fliers, exhibition signage, and basic didactic materials (copies of exhibition checklists, performance programs, etc.) Promotional support is also supplied via social media, email mailings, and other non-print media.

Installation & Equipment:

OCI provides access to some equipment and installation assistance. A limited supply of flat screen monitors, projectors, DVD players, and sound equipment may be available.

Public Access:

OCI partners with Public Access (1804 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68108), a 400 square-foot “white box” space that seeks to position Omaha as a central hub from which artists and thinkers can thoughtfully and intentionally offer up propositions, alternatives, and experiments to address the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges we face. The space is equipped with multiple floor outlets and track lighting. Located in the heart of one of Omaha’s burgeoning gallery districts, Generator Grant recipients can expect flow between Public Access and other spaces located on the same block: Project Project and Gallery 72.


Exhibitions typically run 4-6 weeks. Performances range from one-night to month-long runs. Additional time can be negotiated for rehearsals, installation, etc., as needed. Public Programs may be one-time events and/or a series of several events. It will ultimately be at the discretion of OCI to determine the schedule and duration of selected projects.


Any artist, collaborative duo, artist collective, curator, curatorial collaborative, or organizer 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 January 1, 2019. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant.

OCI’s Generator Grants are open to artists of all disciplines regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Artists, curators, and organizers working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The proposed project must be open to the public and freely accessible without the constraints of restricted or ticketed admission.

Projects that are connected to or in partnership with other institutions will not be considered. These grants are designated for individual artists, collaborative duos, artist collectives, curators, curatorial collaboratives, and organizers to create work outside of an institutional context. Project proposals that include the involvement of organizations, institutions, or their programs will not be considered.  

For collaborative groups:

Artist and curatorial collectives, collaboratives, and duos, are eligible if:

  • All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
  • Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
  • The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.


  • Strength of written proposal and work sample
  • 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
  • Strength and feasibility of the proposed project and project budget


  • Curatorial Statement
  • Project Proposal
  • Work Sample
  • Works Cited Page
  • CV / Resume
  • Budget Worksheet


A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select award winners by December 1, 2018.

If selected, artists must complete a contract with OCI. Artists will receive the full grant amount upon selection. Artist must complete a final grant report no later than 30 days after the closing of their show, including an account of all funds spent. Artists must provide at the time of contract execution a W-9 and completed and signed contract document.