Universally Human welcomed youth across the city to experience different alternatives to keep them active.

20120518-150655.jpg About three blocks of historic Vinton Street was shut down and dedicated to Universally Human.

The idea behind Universally Human arose after the Deer Park Neighborhood Association (DPNA) helped organ­ize Deer Park’s first community mural, quickly followed by hosting Omaha’s first Urban Art competition, Abstract Concrete, at the Bancroft Street Market last August.

After Abstract Concrete proved to be a success, the participants craved more and Duran got many requests to host another competition. Instead of feeding the needs of just one category, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association and Habitat for Humanity decided to open the doors to individuals across the city as part of their Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

“The youth in our area have a lot of different talents and urban art is just one of the talents. There are a lot of creative programs in our community that could help youth showcase their abilities.”
The artists’ mediums will not be the typical canvas backdrop; Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is donating repurposed materials to create masterpieces. Universally Human will line the sidewalks of Vinton with a variety of oth­er youth driven groups and organizations that offer our city’s youth opportunities to share their talents.

Victory Boxing was a knock out with live demonstrations on a portable boxing ring. Local break dancers put their own spin on the festival with dancing, demonstrations and lessons. The Creative Institute and Kent Bellows will also be artistically contributing to the festivities. Participants can also compete in creative writing competitions and poetry slams. Everyone can also experience the local flair of Vinton Street restaurants from burgers to barbacoa as well as a historical walking tour of the area.

“Our youth can be exposed to lot of positive activities in Omaha, whether it be sports, art or writing at Universally Human,” said Duran. “The kids who are already participating in these projects will be given a chance to show the community what they can do.”




This is Sam. Met a couple times, but today got to hang out and jam. I think we were both homeless at the time, both smoking like a working class hero’s. A kindred spirit of the old days, punks, custom culture, the good stuff.
Also we randomly rescued a mutual friends dog.

I’ve been lucky enough to have be photographed by him especially in the darkish time that was.

Follow his life here.> https://www.facebook.com/samuelherron

Here’s a 50 Ford I did for Thomas Otts in Council Bluffs. It got best in class at the World of Wheels. A very interesting, but sad story. Tommy’s dad passed away in a car crash, dropping off parts for this car. Doing this car for “Pops” was an honor. Getting to work with the guys from Creative Auto was fun and they did a great job, (seeing that we got the call Wed.) The car had to be in on Thur. by 8pm. Well it made it.








10’x 140′ hand painted paper

Billboards & Banners: Two Bemis Center Projects in the New

According to statistics from the City of Omaha, over 67,000 cars pass through the intersection of Maple and 83th Streets every day. If you happen to be one of the motorists who travels this route, be certain to pay special attention to the billboard overlooking this junction. New York-based artist Mathieu Borysevicz uses the billboard positioned at this crossroads to explore how large-scale advertising images affect our personal space and visual perceptions. His project Untitled (Omaha, Nebraska) is in collaboration with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and is made possible by funding from the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council and LAMAR Advertising and a generous grant from the Nimoy Foundation. Borysevicz’s billboard is up and “live” beginning this Friday, April 29th, and the project will run for four weeks through the end of May. This project is capturing media attention in print and radio, so make sure to pay special attention to the following this Friday: flip to the Living section of the Omaha World Herald as arts writer Ashley Hassebroek profiles the Billboard Project; tune that radio dial to KVNO 90.7 FM at 8:30 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. as News & Public Affairs Coordinator Cheril Lee talks with Borysevicz about the inspiration behind the installation. But don’t just keep up with the news about Borysevicz’s Billboard – take a drive to Maple & 83rd Streets on the north side of the street facing west (It’s best to come east from 90th). Whether by foot or car, bus or bike make Untitled (Omaha, Nebraska) at Maple and 83rd. Streets your next destination and consider how ordinary intersections intersect with our everyday lives.

But that’s not the only media attention the Bemis Center is getting this spring! Tune in to Nebraska Public Television (NETV)’s award-winning Statewide programin June for a behind-the scenes look at the Bemis Center’s Art for Omaha Project 2 Cultural Quilt. These segments feature interviews with Project 2 community group participants Girls Inc. and Central High School as they provide insights into their creative processes. Coverage of the Opening Reception for the Cultural Quilt participants that took place at the Bemis Center on Saturday April 23rd is also included. We’ll keep you posted on the air date, so you can make sure to tune in to NETV!