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Changing the Landscape – Elkhorn Valley Campus

Winter 2011 | Archives

The anchor for MCC's Visual Arts programs opening doors to the highest standards of creativity.

The Elkhorn Valley Campus is a 51-acre site with a single building that is home to the majority of Metropolitan Community College's visual arts programs, plus provides labs and library, student and career services. As Omaha continues to expand westward, space needs at the campus have reached a tipping point. With day and evening classrooms filled to capacity, and enrollments expected to increase 35 percent over the next ten years, student needs have simply outgrown the single building.

EVC sculpture Implementation of the $25 million Elkhorn Valley Campus master plan has started and the progress is evident. A beautifully metal sculpture adorns the front entrance of the building. Once inside, you are greeted by an inviting student commons area that includes numerous computer stations and a plethora of comfortable seating working to transform this campus from a commuter campus to a stay all day campus. To the right of the commons area is the library services center offering writing and math resources. These two centrally located working areas maximize student efficiency and serve as a space to cross-train MCC staff.

EVC Gallery of Art and DesignStudent art is on display throughout the building in glass encasements. A contemporary 1,100-square-foot Gallery of Art and Design is dedicated to exhibiting the works of visual arts faculty, student and professional artists. The Gallery's rotating exhibitions and free admission provides ready access to creative programming for community members, enhances the educational experiences of MCC students and extends the westward reach of Omaha's vibrant art community. The Elkhorn Valley Campus is becoming the Arts Campus.

Future plans for the commons area include establishing an exhibit wall for student artwork and constructing a mural and/or a ceiling installation.

Future campus plans include installing a sculpture that doubles as a wind generator at the 204th Street entrance and the construction of a new building that will house the Center for the Visual Arts. This Center will provide an energizing venue for students to build skills in the commercially oriented areas of photography, computer animation, interior design, gallery management and audio/video communications; form the instructional foundation for the creative process; and provide mechanisms for ongoing exploration through expanded credit and noncredit classes in the visual and theatrical creative arts. The Center will serve as a regional leader in entrepreneurial creativity, demonstrating the highest standards of instruction and professional preparation.

Mark your calendars. In January 2012 the Elkhorn Valley Campus will hold a grand opening. Check www.mccneb.edu for updates.

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