The new Holland Community Opera Fellowship is the centerpiece of Opera Omaha’s strategic vision for the future.

In today's world, the arts play a pivotal role in shaping our communities and the quality of life of our citizens. This impact increasingly crosses the boundaries from traditional arts programming to intersect with lives in all sectors of business and commerce, where creativity is a driving force in workplace culture, productivity, and wellness. Opera Omaha’s Holland Community Opera Fellowship offers the opportunity to bring opera into new environments that illustrate and promote the value of creativity in both the arts and non-arts sectors.


The Holland Community Opera Fellowship brings community-minded, entrepreneurial artists to live and work in Omaha, to serve as an ambassador of the company by developing relationships with community leaders, and to design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship. The Community Artist Fellows will:

ENGAGE in meaningful dialogue with the community on issues and ideas of social relevance.

FULFILL unmet needs in the community for arts experiences, education, and appreciation.

EMPOWER communities through music and culture.

CREATE reciprocal relationships between Opera Omaha and different sectors and neighborhoods benefiting residents and communities.

EXPAND Opera Omaha’s civic impact and relevancy to the community.

DIVERSIFY and grow Opera Omaha’s impact through performance and social interactions.

Fellowship Overview

Once fully established, The Holland Community Opera Fellowship will consist of four national artists who will be in residence in Omaha to perform, teach, and create and sustain social value through community-based programming and service opportunities. As a two-year commitment with a staggered start, each year there will be two new artists and two in their second year. These artists will perform in some events, and be asked to serve a community organization outside of their commitment.

Community Artist Panel

This panel represents a cross-section of the community including organizations, businesses, schools, and community groups with whom Opera Omaha will form new and reciprocal partnerships. With the introduction of this panel, residents from all neighborhoods in the greater Omaha metro area will have a voice in choosing who and how performing artists interact with their diverse districts and constituent groups.

2017-2018 Community Artist Panel

Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Omaha Under the Radar
Amy Mather, Omaha Public Library
Mike McGuire, One Omaha
Brigitte McQueen Shew, Union for Contemporary Art
Paula Wallace, Artist & Writer
Merica Whitehall, Fontenelle Forest
Roberta Wilhelm, Girls, Inc.
Gwynette Williams, Collective for Youth
Nancy Williams, No More Empty Pots
Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council

Will Be Accepting Applications in Summer 2018

Opera Omaha will be accepting applications for our Holland Community Opera Fellowship in the summer.