The Union for Contemporary Art
Social Change Through Art + Community
The Union for Contemporary Art “strives to unite artists and the community to inspire positive social change in North Omaha.” The Union took this vision to heart when they began their search for a larger facility in which to house their expanding program needs. They focused in on a vacant building in a prominent North Omaha location that was once a lively commercial and entertainment node. The new space is five times the size of The Union’s original home, allowing the organization to expand its program offerings.
Scope of Work
Date of Completion
Honors + Awards
2017 AIA Central States Honor Award
Over the years, it housed an auto repair shop; an agricultural supplier; a candy shop; a jazz club; and the offices of two African-American community leaders, dentist Craig Morris and doctor J.H. Hutten. Most recently, it was a workforce development office for a nonprofit agency.
“The APMA staff led our renovation team – helping to breathe new life into a building that has immeasurable cultural significance for our community and ensuring that it will stand to serve our community for another 100 years.”
– Brigitte McQueen-Shew
The new space has allowed The Union to increase its capacity and ability to better serve its mission by creating opportunities for them to expand their youth mentoring programs from 15 to upwards of 80 children.
Enhance their artist residency program through upgraded studio facilities and broadening the program’s impact on the professional development of local artists.
The Union was able to promote North 24th Street as a growing arts and culture district by anchoring a multi-million investment into a first-class facility.
Photography by: Dana Damewood
Say It Loud
March 16, 2021
Congratulations to our own Chandler Sanders and Audrey Buckley for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!
November 20, 2020
Welcome to new APMA-ers Adam and Savannah! Adam is the third Adam in our office, but we only have one Savannah…so far. Hop on over to our people page to learn more about them.
AIA NE Award
November 19, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary School – celebrated with an Architecture Honor Award in this year’s AIA Nebraska Awards program!
Tiny Home Village
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APMA, Arch Icon Developement and the Siena Francis House are working together on the first tiny home village in Omaha! 50 units will soon rise near 16th and Charles Street.
AIA CSR Awards
September 28, 2020
At the 2020 (virtual) AIA Central States Awards The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center picked up a Merit award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category and the jury commented: “We enjoyed the Hoff Cultural Center for its ability to abstract the new…to expose the historical.” Congrats to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the entire project team!
Say It Loud
September 10, 2020
Congratulations to our own Jenny Zimmer, Jean Vacha and Megan Lutz for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!