Benson First Friday (BFF) is dedicated to supporting the region’s emerging and established artists by creating opportunity, exposure and experiences that help them move forward while enriching the cultural competency of the greater Omaha area.
THINKIN’ BIG IN ‘19
2019 is gearing up to be the most exciting year yet for BFF!
Things to look out for:
Our semi-truck turned gallery: The MaMO rollin’ out & makin’ stops at events and neighborhoods throughout the city - including MAHA, Shakespeare on the Green, Native Omaha Days, Benson Days, and more!
Early stages of our Regional Outreach efforts including free shuttles between Benson and the Old Market on first Fridays, regional artist curation for public art works, and artist residency programs.
Expansion of Youth Engagement efforts including
Yoshitomo Gallery, monthly youth activities, public art projects,
& our Youth Scholarship program.
AND a big branding step as we officially condense our name to in order to reflect programming unaffiliated with first Fridays (like the MaMO, Petshop studios, BFFzz, and an increasing presence at regional events).
Every Donation Helps!
BFF is a huge volunteer effort & we’re damn good at bein’ scrappy,
but the struggle continues to be real:
$10 helps with youth activity and artist supplies
$25 keeps the lights on at the MaMO & Petshop
$50 can pay a local artist for their contribution
$100 assists with much needed overhead & labor
Schedule your donation today!
We are throwing a couple fun events to help celebrate and facilitate the giving!!
Tuesday, May 21st @ Maple St. Construct
$10 Suggested Donation
🌻Visual artists Derek Courtney, Lauren Doeschot,
Shawnequa Linder, & Tom White.
💚DJ Kobrakyle Richardson
☮The Natural States
👗HIGH FASHION brought to you by Revival & Lion's Mane Vintage. Models styled by Weird Wild Stuff Vintage Clothing
🎨Community Painting Project
📸FREE professional ARTIST HEADSHOTS provided by BMVA Digital (8-10pm)
Offering up some "Creative Juices" to get ya loose and some tasty brews from Benson Brewery
Friday, May 17th - Monday May 20th
@ 101.3 Mind & Soul
MIND AND SOUL RADIO PRESENTS THE 72 HOUR ALBUM CHALLENGE.
A MUSIC STUDIO WILL BE SET UP ON THE MALCOLM X MEMORIAL GROUNDS INSIDE THE MAMO (MAY-MO) GALLERY DONATED BY OUR PARTNERS AT BENSON FIRST FRIDAYS. THE CHALLENGE IS FOR US TO CREATE AN ALBUM IN 72 HOURS
FEATURING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS.
WE CHALLENGE YOU PLAYERS, BEAT MAKERS, EMCEES, SINGERS, AND PRODUCERS TO COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SKILLS ON FRIDAY MAY 17 THROUGH MONDAY MAY 20TH.
CATCH THE ENTIRE 72 HOUR EVENT VIA LIVESTREAM ON FACEBOOK AT MIND AND SOUL 101.3 FM . ALSO, A LIMITED RUN OF 1013 COLLECTOR EDITION LPS WILL BE PRESSED AND SOLD .
HELP SUPPORT MIND AND SOUL RADIO BY RESERVING YOUR COPY TODAY!
Wednesday, May 22nd
6-7:30pm @ Benson Park
Giving back to our community goes beyond just donating, that’s why we are inviting you to join us for Omaha Gives Back, a community cleanup celebration in Benson Park on May 22. Between 6 pm - 7:30 pm we will be picking up litter, collaborating on a community art project with Benson First Friday, eating pizza, and celebrating our community’s generosity.
Come by yourself or feel free to bring your friends,
family or group to join in the fun of Omaha Gives!
Wednesday, May 22nd @ The Sydney 10pm-late
Join the BFF Crew during our FINAL PUSH for #OmahaGives2019
as we celebrate philanthropy, SING KARAOKE,
and have a good old time at The Sydney.
Your hosts are Ali Thariani, Caitlin Little, Tony Buttells, Zach Schmieder, Alex Jochim, and whoever the hail else on the BFF Crew is around
and ready to rock the mic.
Join us. Support us.FREE