Omaha Gives! May 21, 2014 at The Waiting Room

As part of the Omaha Community Foundation’s Omaha Gives event encouraging 24 hours of digital giving to local non-profits, we’re asking you to make a contribution to our organization to help put Omaha's music scene on the map and recognize local talent at the annual award show.

To give this day the attention it deserves, we're celebrating the only way we know how! Join us at The Waiting Room for great music from multiple OEA winners and nominees at the Songwriter Death Battle beginning at 8pm. Over 40 musicians perform just one song but with the same guitar all night. The fourth edition of this event is host by OEA winner, John Klemmensen.

Donations as little as $10 are accepted online from midnight to midnight on May 21st.

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Seeking Board Members

We are seeking a few board members for 2014!

Please email your interest and any details on what you can bring to the OEAAs to by April 30; we will review applicants at our next board meeting in May and welcome new board members the following week.

We're particularly looking for help in fundraising and accounting.

Looking forward to another great year!


2013/2014 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award Winners!

The 2013/2014 OEAA winners have been announced at the 8th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards!


Best Musical: next to normal – SNAP! Productions

Best Drama: Red – Blue Barn Theatre

Best Comedy: Clybourne Park – SNAP! Productions 

Best Premier of a New, Original, Local Script: Recommended Reading for Girls – Ellen Struve

Best Director (Play): Susan Clement-Toberer – The 39 Steps, Blue Barn Theater

Best Director (Musical): Carl Beck – Evil Dead: The Musical

Best Actor (Play): Jerry Longe – Red

Best Actor (Musical): Brian Zealand – Evil Dead: The Musical

Best Actress (Play): Laura Marr – Gertrude Stein and a Companion

Best Actress (Musical): Echelle Childers – next to normal

Best Supporting Actor (Play): Dan Chevalier – Twelfth Night

Best Supporting Actor (Musical): Jim McKain – The Producers  

Best Supporting Actress (Play): Laura Leininger – Recommended Reading for Girls

Best Supporting Actress (Musical): Theresa Sindelar – Legally Blonde: The Musical

Best Slam Poet: Greg Harries

Best Dance Production: Momentum – Ballet Nebraska

Best Featured Dancer: Erin Alarcón – Alice in Wonderland – Ballet Nebraska

Best Youth Performer: Charlotte Hedican – The Wizard of Oz

Best Comedian: Heather Jones

Best Comedy Ensemble: Weisenheimers


Best Visual Artist: Tim Guthrie

Best Emerging Visual Artist: Freddy Rincon

Best New Media Artist: Tim Guthrie

Best 2-D Artist: Mary Zicafoose

Best 3-D Artist: Jamie Burmeister

Best Group Show: “The Museum of Alternative History” – RNG Gallery

Best Solo Show: “Tapestries and Prints” – Mary Zicafoose – Gallery 72

Best 2-Person Show: “XO” – Jeff King and Anthony Deon Brown – The New BLK

Best Public Art: “Play Me, I’m Yours” at Various Locations – Various Artists, Organized by The Omaha Creative Institute


Best Rock: Snake Island!

Best Hard Rock: Never Trust the Living

Best Alternative/Indie: Icky Blossoms

Best Singer-Songwriter: John Klemmensen and the Party

Best DJ/Electronic: Kaitlyn Hova

Best Country/Americana: Matt Cox Band

Best R&B/Soul: Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Best Hip Hop/Rap: Purveyors of the Conscious Sound

Best Blues: Hector Anchondo Band

Best Jazz: Omaha Guitar Trio

Best Progressive Rock/Funk/Experimental: Satchel Grande

Best Ethnic: Rhythm Collective

Best Cover Band: Bennie and the Gents

Album of the Year: Matt Whipkey  – "Penny Park"

Artist of the Year: Matt Whipkey

Best New Artist: Twinsmith

Thank you to our host, Ethan Stone, and our performers for the evening Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers (winner for best R&B/Soul/Gospel), Purveyors of the Conscious Sound (Best Hip Hop/Rap),  nominees Belles & Whistles featuring Daniel Christian, Zedeka Poindexter,  the cast of "Clybourne Park”, nominee John Larsen, Edem and Omaha Pipe and Drums.

This year’s list was compiled from hundreds of public nominations submitted online during the open ballot session at Hancock & Dana, one of Omaha’s largest locally owned accounting firms, tallied the top nominations in each category.


Tickets on sale now!

Tickets for the 8th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards on February 16th are now on sale!

Order tickets to the 8th Annual OEAAs on the Tickets page or at at


Visual Art Nominee Showcase! 

Friday, January 10th is the opening reception at Hot Shops featuring OEA Visual Art nominees!

PotLuck is the name given to the annual exhibit and "food raiser" in the Nicholas Street Gallery, located in the Hot Shops Art Center at 1301 Nicholas Street in Omaha, Nebraska. The invitational exhibit brings together a variety of artists who explore a theme in their respective media. We are once again excited to partner with Opera Omaha as the artists explore themes of "Strong Women" in opera, particularly Opera Omaha's 2013-2014 season, including Carmen, Agrippina, and Cinderella.

In addition to accomplished local and regional artists, we are pleased to introduce the youngest of the emerging artists: gifted girls from the Girl Scouts artVenture program, and students from a variety of Special Education classrooms in the Omaha Public Schools. Among the schools represented include: Lewis and Clark, Adams, Marrs, Buffett, Nathan Hale, Davis, and Boyd where the students worked with theater professionals as part of a WhyArts grant-funded project coordinated by Fran Sillau. The OPS students concentrated on the many interpretations of the Cinderella story from around the world, using theater exercise and visual arts.

The January 10th event is free and open to the public 5pm to 8pm.

We ask guests and artists to bring nonperishable food items
or grocery store gift cards to support the area food banks.

Show runs January 5 - 27, 2014.

Visit the Hot Shops website for more details: