Enriching the Community
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in June 2000, Omaha Performing Arts is the largest arts institution in Nebraska. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment, along with a range of educational programs and free community events.
Two Landmark Venues
Located in downtown Omaha, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center are vital to the city’s cultural life. Built in 1927, the Orpheum Theater is a former vaudeville house and home to Broadway in Omaha. The largest touring Broadway productions, such as Disney’s THE LION KING, WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON, have been presented at the theater by Omaha Performing Arts, who also welcomes the finest dance companies, stand-up comedians, contemporary music artists and other theatrical productions to the venue. In addition, the theater also hosts Opera Omaha, a variety of private and community events, such as high school graduations, local dance recitals and weddings.
The Holland Performing Arts Center opened in 2005 and was instantly heralded for its stunning architecture and superior acoustics. At the Holland, Omaha Performing Arts presents world-class musical events—from legendary jazz and blues artists to country and world-music ensembles. The performing arts center’s stage has been graced by numerous award-winning and legendary entertainers, including Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In addition to hosting the Omaha Symphony, a variety of private and community events—weddings, receptions and corporate gatherings—occur at the Holland.
Both the Orpheum and the Holland offer a variety of patron amenities to enhance the performance experience. At the Holland, patrons may enjoy a drink at Energy Systems Ovations or dine at ZINC, a full-service restaurant. Pre-performance and intermission beverage service is also offered at both venues. In addition, each venue features a private donor lounge—the John and Carmen Gottschalk Founders Room at the Holland and the Anne Thorne Weaver Lounge at the Orpheum. All dining and beverage services are provided by Guckenheimer, the exclusive, on-site caterer for the Orpheum and Holland.
Education & Community Engagement Programs
With educational programs that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts, Omaha Performing Arts takes the performing arts beyond the stage. The organization’s educational offerings include Student Matinees, special productions offered to school groups; Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, a program that celebrates, supports and advocates for high school musical theatre education; Master Classes, workshops designed to give students the chance to learn technique from accomplished artists; Community Outreach, events that bring visiting artists into the schools and community; and Arts Access, a service which offers subsidized tickets to community organizations that serve populations lacking access to the arts.
Omaha Performing Arts hosts a variety of community events designed to make the arts more accessible. The organization presents Jazz on the Green, a free outdoor concert series at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. Attendance at this event is nearly 50,000 each year. The community also gathers in the Holland’s courtyard each summer for Cox Music & Movies, a series of free events featuring a classic movie and a performance by local musicians. In addition, the organization offers an annual social justice forum that uses the performing arts to engage the community in discussions about social justice issues.
Connecting with the Community
As a non-profit, Omaha Performing Arts relies upon the generosity of its supporters—who give both their time and money— to realize its mission. Patron assistance during performances at both venues is provided by The Ambassadors, a group of more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers that ensure visitors have a positive and memorable entertainment experience. For those seeking greater engagement with the arts, Omaha Performing Arts offers The Presenters, a volunteer guild, and the Young Patrons, a program that offers unique arts experiences to its members. The organization’s performances, venues and education and community engagement programs are supported in part by corporate sponsors, private donors, foundations and public grants. In 2012, the OPAS Foundation, which manages the organization’s endowment, was established to secure a vibrant future for the arts in Omaha for years to come.
Through Ticket Omaha, Omaha Performing Arts provides comprehensive ticketing services. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland. Conveniently located on the lobby level of the Holland Center, Ticket Omaha also provides ticketing services to other local arts organizations, including Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and Omaha Community Playhouse. With affordable handling fees, friendly customer service and convenient purchasing options, Ticket Omaha is Omaha’s source for tickets to performing arts and cultural events.