Support the Food Bank through Arts!


ConAgra Foods Shine the Light on Hunger Celebration Continues in 2013

Omaha, Neb. (OCTOBER 21, 2013) Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum are proud to partner with ConAgra Foods again this holiday season for ConAgra Foods’ Shine the Light on Hunger program. This collaborative event, which begins November 1, 2013, is sponsored by ConAgra Foods and features a food drive at five venues: the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha Community Playhouse, Joslyn Art Museum and the Scottish Rite Theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned food and other non- perishable items to each venue when attending any performance November 1 through December 31, 2013. All donations collected will support the Food Bank for the Heartland. Last year, the performing arts organizations collected approximately 3,400 pounds of food, which resulted in 2,800 meals.

“Hunger is an issue that affects millions of Americans across the country, and that includes right here in Douglas County where more than 24,640 or 19% of children are at risk of hunger,” said Kori Reed, vice president Foundation and Cause at ConAgra Foods. “As part of our Shine the Light on Hunger campaign, during Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival, we are proud to collaborate with our community arts organizations to raise more food and funds for the Food Bank for the Heartland, ultimately making a difference in the fight against hunger.”
In addition to the collection of canned food and other non-perishable items, informational exhibits promoting awareness about child hunger and nutrition will also be displayed at the Omaha Community Playhouse and at both of Omaha Performing Arts’ venues, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center.

The following performances are part of the ConAgra Foods Shine the Light on Hunger campaign:

Omaha Community Playhouse
Freud's Last Session
October 18 November 17, 2013 in the Howard Drew Theatre

Opera Omaha
November 1 & 3, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents Cameron Carpenter
November 7, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Peter Gros from the Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom November 8, 2013 at the Holland Center

Omaha Symphony, Symphony Joslyn Series
The Neoclassic Stravinsky
November 10, 2013 at Witherspoon Theater at Joslyn Art Museum

Opera Omaha
Hansel and Gretel
November 11 - 20, 2013 at the Scottish Rite Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
A Night in Treme
November 14, 2013 at the Holland Center

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Larry the Cable Guy
November 15, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater

Omaha Symphony, Special Concert
Carmina Burana
November 17, 2013 at the Holland Center

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Elf the Musical
November 19 - 24, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater

Omaha Community Playhouse
A Christmas Carol
November 22 December 23, 2013 in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Omaha Symphony, MasterWorks Series
Brahms Requiem
November 22 November 23, 2013 at the Holland Center

Omaha Performing Arts Presents Sounds of Christmas
November 29, 2013 at the Holland Center

Joslyn Art Museum
Holiday Under Glass
Wednesdays & Fridays, December 4 20, 2013 in the ConAgra Foods Atrium

Omaha Community Playhouse
Yesterday and Today
December 6 31, 2013 in the Howard Drew Theatre

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
The Priests
December 7, 2013 at the Holland Center

Omaha Symphony, Pops Series
Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular
December 12 15, 2013 at the Holland Center

Donations will be accepted at all Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha performances taking place at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater, as well as performances at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Joslyn Art Museum during the months of November and December. For a complete listing of performances, visit

Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing world-class performances to the Omaha metropolitan area. Omaha Performing Arts’ commitment to the arts extends into its own series, Omaha Performing Arts Presents, as well as education and community involvement programs that help ensure the arts have
a far-reaching impact. In partnership with Broadway Across America, Omaha Performing Arts also brings the finest in touring Broadway productions to Omaha.

Core to its mission, Omaha Performing Arts manages two landmark venues, the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater the former, which includes the acoustically acclaimed Kiewit Concert Hall and Scott Recital Hall and the latter, which includes Slosburg Hall, a proscenium theater. Omaha Performing Arts also provides comprehensive ticketing services for cultural and performing arts within the region through Ticket Omaha (
Omaha Performing Arts’ performances are supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund. For more information on Omaha Performing Arts visit

Omaha Symphony
The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 200 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education programs touch the lives of nearly 30,000 schoolchildren each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-342-3560 or visit

Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original main stage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood.

Omaha Community Playhouse
The Omaha Community Playhouse is supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Established in 1924, the Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theatre in the United States based on memberships sold and facility size, among other factors. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Joslyn Art Museum
Mission Joslyn Art Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the visual arts of the highest quality, fostering appreciation and enjoyment of art for the benefit of a diverse audience.
Vision To be cherished and respected as a premier art museum.

Joslyn Art Museum was a gift to the people of Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband, George, who made his fortune as president of the Western Newspaper Union. The Museum’s original 1931 building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation, with 38 types of marble from seven countries. The Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion, a 58,000-square-foot addition built in 1994, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster as his first U.S. commission. The Museum features galleries, a 1,000–seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, classrooms, sculpture garden, cafĂ©, and shop.

General Museum Admission: Free. Regular Museum Hours (includes exhibition): Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; Thursday, 10 am-8 pm; Sunday, noon-4 pm; closed Monday and major holidays.


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