President's Message


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Dear friends,

At Omaha Performing Arts, we know summer is officially in full swing when it’s time forJazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing.

This is our ninth year presenting the free outdoor concert series – and the Omaha tradition is better than ever. Bring your family (and your picnic) to the park on Thursday nights to enjoy performers from across the country. If you arrive early, you’ll hear music by groups from Omaha Blues Society’s BluesEd program as well as the winning combos from our 2017 Student Jazz Combo Competition. They are all so talented! View the performance schedule here.

This summer also marks the grand opening of Skyview Terrace, our new rooftop bar at the top of the Holland Center. We can’t wait for everyone to experience this unique outdoor space featuring beautiful views of Omaha’s skyline. We are proud to be part of a vibrant downtown and hope you’ll join us in experiencing it from a whole new vantage point. The terrace is open Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 10:30 PM until September 27.

Summer is also a great time for learning new skills. Omaha Performing Arts hosts several community arts camps at the Holland Center. In July, we are rocking with Omaha Girls Rock. This day camp for girls ages 10 to 16 offers instruction led by local musicians in a chosen instrument. Girls of all experience levels spend a week learning what it takes to form a band and perform on stage. This year, they also added a June session for campers ages 4-9 call Little Girls Rock.  I just love seeing the confidence the campers gain through music while they’re here.

We are also preparing for exciting events in the fall. We just opened registration for the second annual Rusty Musician Experience. We are partnering again with the Omaha Symphony to give community members the chance to revive their musical talents. Musicians of all experience levels who are 16 or older are invited to play with members of the Omaha Symphony on stage at the Holland Center on September 23. Learn more on our website, and be sure to tell your musician friends and family.   

Have a fantastic summer,  


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Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts