Omaha Summer Arts Festival announces 2022 return to in-person events

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(Omaha, NE) -- The Omaha Summer Arts Festival announces plans to return to in-person events in a new location for next summer.

For its 48th anniversary, the Festival will move to Aksarben Village June 10-12, 2022.

“The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is excited to move to Aksarben Village for a number of reasons. With great amenities, ample free parking, exceptional green space and a more central location, we believe Aksarben Village will be the ideal new home for the Festival,” said Executive Director Vic Gutman. “People from throughout the Metro can walk, bike, bus or drive to what has truly become one of Omaha’s favorite places to relax, dine and shop.”

The OSAF says it explored returning to its’ long-standing Downtown location, but was unable to work out the logistics due to the ongoing development and changes in street closure permits.

In 2021, the Festival introduced a hybrid format that included an expanded presence throughout the Downtown. A popular series of mural cubes were installed for nearly a month and featured a number of pop-up concerts in locations including north, south and central downtown. There are plans to expand this project and to explore additional options to offer arts programming well beyond the traditional three-day festival.

Artist applications are open now. The OSAF is encouraging applications from Omaha and Nebraska based artists by offering a 50% discount on the jury fee. Artists who apply before December 1, 2021, and use the code ‘aksarben’ will be able to apply for only $15.

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