Voices AMPLIFIED! is a multidisciplinary arts and social justice initiative to elevate artists from diverse cultures and connect the Omaha community with opportunities for discussion, reflection and new experiences.

The series amplifies the work of local and nationally touring artists and community partners through free events focused on issues of social justice, including panel discussions, workshops and performances of music, dance, poetry and more.

About Voices AMPLIFIED!

Who's Involved
Our 21/22 Focus: Amplifying Black & Latino Voices
The 20/21 Season
IDEA Commitment
Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events

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The Unsung Stories of Black Women

20 Feet From Stardom screening & interview with Lisa Fischer
May 24 7 PM
Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater
1340 Mike Fahey St.

Join us to watch a recorded interview between Lisa Fischer and the artistic director of Film Streams, Diana Martinez, Ph.D., at a special screening of the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom at Film Streams. Tickets will be available for purchase from Film Streams online and at the door the day of the screening: $10 for the general public and $5 for Film Streams members. Those who purchase a ticket for the screening will receive a code for $10 off tickets to Lisa Fischer's performance at the Holland Center May 26!

20 Feet From Stardom is a 2013 Best Documentary Oscar-winning film about the contributions and challenges of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, who will perform at the Holland Center on May 26, 2022. The film altered the course of Lisa's musical journey, telling her story, with clips of her legendary duets with Sting or with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” and left audiences eager to see and hear more.

Lisa Fischer will perform at the Holland Center on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 PM. Purchase tickets here. 


Ray-MercerOmaha’s Forgotten Century Finale Performance
Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Orpheum Theater

Experience the story of young Ernie and his Grandpa Apa as they converse, reminisce, and share memories about their Black and Latino heritage in Omaha through an original commissioned production created by Peggy Jones, Kathy Tyree, Broadway choreographer Ray Mercer and community creative consultants and featuring local actors and visual artists and New York and Omaha-based dancers. This event is free and open to the public.

Omaha's Forgotten Century Creative Team

Meet the team
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  • Creative Director and Choreographer Ray Mercer – Broadway actor, dancer and choreographer in his 17th year as a dancer and fight captain in Disney’s The Lion King 

  • Director Kathy Tyree – award-winning Omaha director and performer  

  • Creative consultant Jade Rogers – historian, educator at Metropolitan Community College and UNO and the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of The House of Afros, Capes, & Curls 

  • Scriptwriter Peggy Jones – Associate Professor, past Interim Chairperson of the Black Studies Department, and Women's and Gender Studies faculty at UNO 

  • Creative consultant Linda Garcia – local artist and co-founder of Mexican American Society of the Midlands 

  • Creative consultant Jose Garcia – local artist and co-founder of Mexican American Society of the Midlands 

  • Designer and visual artist Hugo Zamorano – Omaha artist helping to create the backdrop for the Voices AMPLIFIED! finale 

  • Producer and creative consultant Andy Cassano – O-pa Vice President of Programming and Education 

  • Creative consultant Aaron Gregory – O-pa Community Engagement Specialist, dancer and choreographer 


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Voices AMPLIFIED! Sponsors

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Humanities Nebraska

Sherwood Foundation