Omaha Under the Radar is a contemporary performance and live, time-based arts presenter in Omaha, NE that organizes experimental performance events and educational workshops. By curating diverse artistic experiences featuring artists of divergent backgrounds, disciplines, and philosophical inclinations, Omaha Under the Radar invites people to expand their own cultural norms and build new understandings and intuitions about performance work and contemporary life in the 21st century.
We have deep ties with the community of Omaha, and are continuously reflecting on the nature of presenting art in a complicated, and sometimes divided, community. We work tirelessly to create spaces that are welcoming and accessible to all, especially the most disenfranchised and underserved in our community.
We believe that art can be a unifying and uplifting force for good, that experimental art invites us to expand beyond our own assumptions, and that artists are agents for positive change in the world.
Omaha Under the Radar emerged from a desire to support innovative performers, arts educators, and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to audiences other performance communities throughout the United States.
Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 400 artists of divergent backgrounds and disciplines. We work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities.
SOUNDRY, the organization's education program, was launched during the 2015 festival at KANEKO, and has presented yearly, multi-day workshops in composition, instrument building, improvisation, sound art, electronic music, and graphic score creation. The program has now expanded offer programs throughout the year through KANEKO.
In 2017, in partnership with KANEKO, the organization launched Generator Series - a concert series that presents today's most innovative musicians and investigates music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen, and how we interact with sound in the 21st century. In its first season, the series presented Ensemble Dal Niente, Roomful of Teeth, Aaron Hynds, Hannah Mayer, Stacey Barelos, The Afield, Alejandro Acierto, tbd Dance Collective and Obelus Movement, members of the Omaha Symphony, Quince Ensemble, and more.
Our newest partnerships are with Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Film Streams in Omaha, who will both be streaming live events with Omaha Under the Radar performers while in-person events are suspended.
Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. To make a tax-deductible donation in support of our programming efforts, visit our SUPPORT page.