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Mission Statement
Omaha Entertainment Awards, Inc., seeks to enhance our community by planning and producing an annual awards event that uniquely recognizes the performing arts, visual arts and live music of the Omaha area. With all-star talent and red-carpet prestige, the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards is a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive.

January 4, 2007, marked the inaugural year for the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards. After months of collaboration and planning, the first show was hosted at the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha. Filled nearly to capacity, the center hosted people connected with the Omaha entertainment industry.

2014-15 Board of Directors
Emily Engles, President
Beaufield Berry, Vice President
John Heaston, Treasurer
Shayla Kelly, Secretary
Melissa Kucirek, Public Relations
MarQ Manner, Live Music
Alfonzo Lee Jones, Live Music
Marina Rosado, Visual Arts & Performing Arts
Alex Jochim, Visual Arts
Rob Gilmer, Visual Arts
Craig Mustard, Visual Arts & Live Music
Melinda Kozel, Visual Arts
Mikala Harden, Live Music
Dave Campbell, Live Music
Dominique Morgan, Live Music
Noah Diaz, Performing Arts
Kyle Toth, Performing Arts
Vic Richards

The Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards (OEAA) recognizes some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area. Voting for the awards is separated into three genres: Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Live Music.

The annual OEAA Summer Showcase features over 100 local artists, comedians and musicians in various venues throughout one neighborhood over one weekend. One band or artist at the OEAA Summer Showcase is voted on by the public to open the Maha Music Festival.

The annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards ceremony honors supreme talent from the performing arts, visual arts and music. The show features live performances from current OEAA nominees and announces the winners in each of the 45 OEAA categories.
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About - Board of Directors
Emily Engles has been involved in the music industry for over ten years. She brings experience from all sides and levels of the industry as a former concert promoter for national acts at Stir Cove and Whiskey Roadhouse; a current local band manager and promoter; and an overall fan of music. 
Emily has been involved in the local music scene since 2010 and is a member of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Board of Directors, Bellevue University Master of Fine Arts in Creativity Mentor Program and Iowa Western Community College Technical Music Curriculum Advisory Committee.
Noah Diaz is an Omaha-based actor and poet. Past acting credits include Sirens, The Wizard of Oz, Lend Me a Tenor, Legally Blonde: The Musical, A Christmas Carol, and The Awesome 80s Prom at the Omaha Community Playhouse; Tribes, The Paris Letter, Clybourne Park, and Speech and Debate with SNAP! Productions;Julius Caesar, An Enemy of the People, and Juno and the Paycockwith Brigit Saint Brigit; The Battle of Battles and Nobody Gets Paidat the Shelterbelt Theatre; The Forgiving Harvest, High School Musical, and Cat in the Hat with the Rose Theater; and The Zoo Story with F-Troupe Collaborative. He is the recipient of an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award, a Barbara Ford Award, an Elaine Jabenis Award, and four Theatre Arts Guild Awards. Noah is fluent in American Sign Langauge and studies Special Education and Poetry at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.
Melinda Kozel has been supporting the arts since being a pop-culture-loving kid. After studying art history and arts education at UNL and UNK, respectively, Melinda developed an art history program for Morning Star Preschool in Omaha that started a path toward nonprofit-centered arts focus-concentrating on programming and education. After spending two years as the program coordinator at the Norfolk Arts Center, Melinda is back in Omaha supporting the art scene. Currently, Melinda works at the Kaneko-UNO Creativity Library, is the marketing director for the Apollon Theater and working on a venture in developing arts curriculum resources.

Craig Mustard is a multi-media visual arts producer specializing in painting, drawing and new media forms such as light frequency reaction and projections.  He is an 8 year Sound Technician and Performance Lighting Technician, the former Production Manager of Venue 51 and the current President of Temperature0 Productions and T.O.P. Wedding and Event Lighting.


Alex Jochim (pronounced like "Rock'em") is an Omaha, NE based artist and photographer, shooting 35mm film with the same Canon AE-1 he inherited from his father at the age of thirteen. Alex’s photos are vibrant, yet faded at the same time. He takes pictures selfishly, capturing the people and things he loves, and for nostalgia, preserving the moments that he wants to last. Alex has exhibited locally in Omaha and Lincoln, NE. He is also co-founder and organizer of Benson First Friday, a monthly local art walk, as well as director of both Petshop Gallery and Sweatshop Gallery, both located in Omaha.


Robert Gilmer is the owner of Dixie Quicks and The RNG Gallery, Double Capricorn and seer of the invisible. A mistake of his parents but, "Best Damn Mistake we ever made", stated his Mom. He has been a part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs visual arts scene for over 20 years.  


Marina Rosado is a professional bilingual journalist, broadcaster and photographer with many years of experience in the Latino market in Mexico and United States. Her studies include a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an endorsement in Photography (Mexico). She works in production, on-air announcing, and is also responsible of daily entertainment report on a Spanish-language radio station. Marina enjoys being the host of Sabor a Omaha, a weekly public-affairs television program in Omaha, Nebraska where she is also a senior writer for the bilingual newspaper El Perico. In addition to working for the media, she loves acting in Spanish plays in local venues! 


Alfonzo Jones established Icon One Music and 1NE Studio in 2003. A major success from Icon One Music is the development of singer, songwriter and producer Ester Dean, whose credits include Rihanna - “Rude Boy” and Usher - “Hot Toddy.”  Jones had produced for nearly every, serious Hip-Hop and R&B artist in the Omaha music scene and has expanded his sound to the major music industry as well. He has also helped many local producers sharpen their skills by showing them different aspects of writing and arranging, as well as the concepts behind musical theory, sound engineering and various sequencing techniques, just to names a few.