Incredible vision and significant investment – they’re changing the trajectory of a former industrial park and creating a new space for Omaha’s creators and innovators.
Omaha’s creative community has two genuine champions in Paul and Annette Smith, a couple supremely dedicated to elevating our arts and culture scene. The Smiths founded the non-profit Omaha Conservatory of Music and were instrumental in fostering the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and other annual events. Joslyn Art Museum, Film Streams, Opera Omaha, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and United States Artists – Paul is serving or has served them all. Before COVID-19, when we could still get together, Paul outlined one of his latest investments in creativity and innovation – a collaborative community he describes as “a job generator, a lifestyle generator, a real inspiration.”