Winter 2011 |
The anchor for MCC's Visual Arts programs opening doors to the highest standards of
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
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.
Student 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.