The New American Arts Project was created by Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska in 2016 in order to connect Refugee artists to arts organization in the Omaha community. Our goal is to move beyond survival and give our clients the opportunity to thrive. We work to support our refugee artists by providing time, space, materials, resources, and professional development in order to support their art efforts. Whether that is the preservation of a traditional artform, learning a new art medium, becoming professionally proficient in a craft, continuing a professional art career, or creating as a hobby. Through these efforts we hope to bridge community by providing opportunities for Omaha community members to engage with our artists, creating advocacy and building empathy, compassion, and unity in our home town and beyond. We hope that you will check out their incredible work and show your support through purchasing their beautifully crafted goods.
All of these efforts culminate each year in The New American Arts Festival held in downtown Benson on the first Friday of August.
You can check out our facebook page for updates on New American Artist happenings such as workshops, gallery openings, market spaces, etc. As well as all of the festival details.