Opened in March 2013, Carver Bank joins other place-based initiatives launched by Theaster Gates and Rebuild Foundation in Chicago and St. Louis. The 2,600-square-foot Carver Bank facility has been fully renovated and now offers exhibition and performance space, artist studios, Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop, as well as 3,000-square-feet of transformed exterior landscape.

The renovation of the Carver Bank building marked the second phase of Gates’s Town Hall project. Carver Bank, at 2416 Lake St., is the site of the first African American-owned bank in Omaha. The project’s goal is for the site to become a space of public participation and cultural adventure, and serve as a hub for the creative and public life of its neighborhood and community. By inviting diverse individuals to work together, Gates proposes to create an urban anomaly that highlights existing gems of knowledge within North Omaha. Managed and programmed by the Bemis Center, Carver Bank hosts regular exhibitions, events and workshops driven by artists and community partners.

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