In Fall 2012, The BLUEBARN launched a $7 million capital campaign, chaired by community leaders Kate Noble Weitz and Nancy Mammel, for the design and construction of a new theater. The campaign is currently 75% to goal, and fundraising is continuing throughout the construction phase.
We broke ground on the building—the first stand-alone theater project in Omaha in a generation—in June 2014.
To date, $5.3 million has been raised toward the total campaign goal of $7 million, and fundraising is still in progress.
A destination building planned by nationally recognized architects and designers
The new theater design project is a collaborative venture involving a variety of participants, including a renowned local architectural firm, a global theatre design consultant, and the BLUEBARN. We are building a contemporary and flexible venue designed on an intimate scale, featuring public spaces created for interaction while showcasing the work of local artisans and native building materials. The facility design will interweave refined architectural aesthetics with art installations by regional artists skilled in such mediums as ceramics, brick work, metal fabrication, lighting, and millwork.
BLUEBARN Theatre to complete building with Min|Day architectural firm
The BLUEBARN Theatre is honored to announce today that, following a successful feasibility study, it has engaged Omaha/San Francisco based architectural firm Min|Day to undertake the design and construction phases for the new theatre to be built at 10th and Pacific Streets. Jeffrey L. Day, AIA, the Omaha-based principal of Min | Day, will be the lead design architect on the project. The BLUEBARN plans to break ground on its new home in spring 2014 and open its 2015-2016 Season in the new space.
About Min | Day
The architectural partnership of Min | Day, established in 2003, spans offices in San Francisco, California, and Omaha, Nebraska. Capitalizing on these divergent locations, Min | Day is founded on a recognition of the ever-increasing complexity of the American landscape. The practice draws on the principals’ backgrounds in art, landscape and building design to provide informed and flexible design that serves a wide variety of clients from individuals to art institutions, urban to rural sites, and projects ranging from furniture to large buildings.
Jeffrey L. Day, AIA, the Omaha-based principal of Min | Day, is Professor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and director of the Architecture Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988, with an AB in Visual and Environmental Studies and received a Master of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley in 1995. At UNL Jeff runs FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team). an award-winning, academic/professional collaborative design lab.
Drew Kleman, Associate AIA is a Project Architect with Min | Day, joining the firm in 2014. He holds both Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated first in his class. Drew’s exceptional ability at detailing and administering complex, award-winning projects stems from his experiences working at nationally renowned firms across the country, including Washington DC and Portland OR. His broad knowledge of materials and construction methods has proven successful in developing strong working relationships with consultants and contractors. Drew’s expertise is founded in comprehensively designed and meticulously crafted projects ranging from small and large scale mixed-use to cutting edge research facilities and urban development projects.
Having such a theater space in our city will attract national and international attention, and add to Omaha’s reputation as a cultural destination.
The embodiment of Omaha as a world-class city
Omaha is singular for its extraordinary public-private partnerships, its vibrant and growing arts and cultural scene, and its reputation for innovative thinkers, well-run businesses, and a growing creative class. BLUEBARN—and its future home on 10th & Pacific—is the confluence of all this and positions our city for the next decade of cultural transformation.
Building a future for arts in Omaha through the cultivation of talent
As Omaha’s creative class expands, the cultural institutions that incubate Omaha’s artistic leaders must grow to meet their needs. Omaha’s most established artists are attracted to work at The BLUEBARN; a stand-alone space will expand the depth and breadth of BLUEBARN’s function as a nurturer of Omaha’s artistic talent.
With the enthusiastic backing of our loyal patrons, donors and the larger Omaha philanthropic community, the future home of The BLUEBARN will propel the organization forward for the next 25 years of truth, beauty, and artistic progression.
The BLUEBARN is a growing and vibrant organization, committed to the highest level of artistic quality while serving an ever-expanding audience. Our current home has served us well and is much beloved by our audience and artists but is inadequate as our ambitions and audience continue to expand.
With our audience base and our artistic ambition increasing annually, BLUEBARN has outgrown its cherished but challenging space at 614 South 11th Street and will build a new home at 1001 Pacific Street, in Omaha’s emerging South Old Market District.
Since 1989, The BLUEBARN has produced over 100 shows. As we conclude our 26th Season, The BLUEBARN is in the best artistic and fiscal condition in its history, and routinely sells out performances for the entire run of shows. In recognition of over 25 years of excellence, The BLUEBARN Theatre was awarded the Organizational Achievement Award at the 2012 Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards.
Overall Goal: $7 million
$5 million for the design and construction of the theatre building.
$1 million to create a sustaining fund to subsidize the operation and maintenance of the organization.
$1 million in new annual gifts over five years to ensure institutional growth during initial years of operation in the new building.
Your pledge of support to the campaign is vital to the success of this project and the organization’s continued vibrancy for the next 25 years of progression.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Your pledge of support to the campaign is vital to the success of this project and the BLUEBARN’s continued vibrancy for the next 25 years of progression.
Gifts to the campaign can be pledged over several years and can include planned and deferred commitments.
The BLUEBARN Theatre is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts are tax-deductible.
“The BLUEBARN is a unique, offbeat theater which attracts younger audiences and theatregoers who want to experience off-Broadway-style productions. The BLUEBARN will be a great addition to the revitalization of the South Old Market cultural and arts district.”
Academy Award-Winning Director/Screenwriter
“The BLUEBARN Theatre is one of the most ambitious, innovative and cheerily subversive theater groups I know of. I am proud they are part of Omaha’s growing cultural landscape and we must support them.”
General Director, Opera Omaha
“Opera Omaha is committed to collaborative partnerships with like-minded organizations such as The BLUEBARN Theatre. We see great potential for sharing operatic work on the new BLUEBARN stage.”