Soundtrack by James Schroeder
Partners for Livable Omaha
College of Architecture, UNL
Nebraska Innovation Studio
Manne Cook: Placemaking is what people do and it’s the act of defining space and making it a place so it’s like, activating that place and filling it with activities.
Chris Foster: The old show wagon that the city used to put on from for 50 years, when they quit doing that a few years ago, it kind of left a void where there was a youth talent competition and that came to the different neighborhoods, like Gifford Park.
Celeste Butler: The variety was amazing the talent was amazing and the kids took it to heart and had dedication to practice, practicing moves. If they played instruments or had a band, they were serious about it.
It was it was really good competition, it was really good community togetherness. that those are the things that i remember about it. It brought us together.
Dereck Higgins: I remember that about it too, absolutely.
Celeste Butler: It was always a good feeling around it.
Brendan Greene-Walsh: We need performing arts everywhere we can get performing arts. It’s the lifeblood of humanity. It’s how we learn and how we grow and adapt as as a society.
Some of the challenges really can be financially based, it can be proximity based. Being able to afford tickets to go see a show or having the means of transportation to get to where you’re supposed to go, can be limiting to people and to have the opportunity to bring that and have have these these patrons not have to worry about those constraints is huge, it really is.
Toba Cohen-Dunning: This way kids get to be at their school, be in a local park, be with their friends, be with family members, and the world is going to explode with all the fun things that are going to come and be performed on this stage.
Jessica Scheuerman: There’s a number of places that are already using arts and culture to bring people together and we just want to amplify the work that they’re doing the programs that they’re doing.
The arts in that capacity really become a a magnet and a springboard. People are drawn together and they are then inspired to do other things.
Jerry Reif: It’s something that’s bigger than us and that’s kind of what this project is. It’s not something that you would normally think could happen in a place like this and we’re just really excited to be a part of it.
Audrey Huse: It’s not only like designing for like the performers. but it’s a step out of the box of architecture, which was super exciting. It’s like creativity on a different take.