Female Artists of Omaha: Welcoming a sense of collaboration in the art community
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Female Artists of Omaha: Welcoming a sense of collaboration in the art community

DIGITAL EDITOR Photo by Kamrin Baker/The Gateway In 2018, women are often taught that other women are their competitors. No matter the industry, finding success and climbing the ladder is often defined by stepping on the heads and shoulders of others; a dog-eat-dog, catty competition to be the best. When local artist Julia Mason quit her full-time teaching job to pursue a life of freelance work, she realized how necessary it was to build a support system—a web of women who had their own stories and experiences with art, a community who understood how pointless it would be to fight for the spotlight. She was inspired by ban.do’s agendas : a product that includes the art of multiple women, aimed at bringing inspiration and organization to other women’s lives. Mason successfully sold a calendar of her own watercolor prints last year but realized she could create a local collaborative effort to better the next product. Thus, the Female Artists of Omaha calendar was born. “I wanted the calendar to act as a real life Instagram Discover page,” Mason said. “I wanted people to pick up this calendar because they know one artist and then meet 11 other talented people […]

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