Omaha Performing Arts

Omaha Performing Arts is the largest arts institution in Nebraska. Founded in June 2000 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of citizens in Omaha and beyond. In the past decade, more than 3 million visitors have attended world-class performances at our two venues, the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Center. In addition, more than 220,000 students have participated in our education and community engagement programs. Omaha Performing Arts boasts a $40 million annual impact on the local economy. 

Our Vision & Mission

Presenting, Stewardship, Education & Community Engagement

Vision

A vibrant destination for extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and connect.

Mission

The mission of Omaha Performing Arts is to enrich the community through: 

  • The presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences
  • The stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center
  • Education and community engagement programs


Our History

More than a decade of bringing world-class artistry to Omaha


Omaha Performing Arts

2000
Omaha Performing Arts forms as a nonprofit organization.


Orpheum_HistoryImage_125px2002
Omaha Performing Arts assumes management of the Orpheum Theater and makes a multi-million dollar investment to renovate the Orpheum.


2004
Omaha Performing Arts opens Ticket Omaha.
Skylink completed connecting the Orpheum Theater with the Omaha Public Power District parking garage.


2005
Grand opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center.


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Administrative offices in the Holland Center completed.


2007
Disney’s THE LION KING breaks Orpheum Theater Box Office records.


06Weaver_HistoryImage_125px2008
New stage floor installed at the Orpheum Theater.
Anne Thorne Weaver Lounge opens at the Orpheum Theater.


05WIcked_HistoryImage_125px2009
Broadway’s WICKED plays to sold-out audiences in the Orpheum Theater.
Orchestra Gathering Room named for the Slattery family.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at the Holland Center.
Cassling Education Center opens at the Holland Center.


08JOTG_HistoryImage_125px2010
Omaha Performing Arts assumes production and presentation of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing.


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Holland Center kitchen completed.


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New stage rigging installed at the Orpheum Theater.
Grand opening of NRG Energy Ovations bar and lounge at the Holland Center.


2013
Holland Center Arrival Plaza heating installed.
Digital marquee installed at Orpheum Theater.


11NHSTA_HistoryImage_125px2014
Ambassador (ushers) Gathering Room at the Orpheum completed.
Omaha Performing Arts initiates the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program.
Orpheum Theater Entrance Lobby is named in honor of the Lauritzen family.
New sound system installed in the Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Center.


ZincPhoto_HistoryImage_125px2015
Grand opening of Zinc restaurant at the Holland Center.
Refurbishment of the John and Carmen Gottschalk Founder's Room.
Naming of the courtyard in honor of Carl G. Mammel.
Naming of the Star Artist Suite in honor of Sue Morris. 

Community Report

Our inaugural Community Report highlights Omaha Performing Arts' performances, education programs and community engagement activities from 2015/2016.

2016 Economic Impact Study

Omaha Performing Arts continues to grow and significantly contribute to our community and region.
We had a $40.58 million economic impact on Douglas County and a $14.10 million labor impact during fiscal 2016, according to an independent study by Dr. Eric Thompson, professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is our third study on Omaha Performing Arts' fiscal and economic impact on Douglas County and the city of Omaha.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Of the 222,000 tickets sold in 2016, 48%  were purchased by patrons outside Douglas County.
  • 3.3 million people have attended events at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater in the past 11 years.
  • Tax revenue was $1.46 million. This compares to $231,200 that OPA received in funding from government sources in 2016.


REPORT SUMMARY