Hannah Michelle Bussa
Broccoli is a community for artists of all mediums in the Omaha area. It is named “Broccoli” to symbolize the connection of all artists like the stems on a piece of broccoli.
“It’s essentially a digital ‘hub’ for local creatives,” Simon Clark, Executive Director of the Broccoli Creative Collective, said.
This ‘digital hub’ has shared artwork from UNO artists including photographers and jewelry makers. Among these students is journalism and Black studies major Andre Sessions Jr., a local photographer.
“I support the local businesses who appreciate and put local creatives on a platform,” he said. “Many artists have potential to change the world with their creativity and having more eyes on their work can do so much more to impact someone else’s life.”
Broccoli was created to promote unity and support for all local artists through a free platform on social media. This platform, currently on Instagram, is a place where artists can promote their work, discover fellow artists and inspire the community.
Broccoli’s mission statement is: “Broccoli is a free platform designed to connect, promote and grow an inclusive community for local creatives.”
Artists can fill out the forum and be featured on an Instagram post and in Broccoli’s Instagram stories. This system is the base of the organization, though they have plans for growth in 2021. One of these plans is the launch of the brand-new video podcast, “Brocclive.”
“The podcast will be posted on our new YouTube channel and will consist of 7-10 twenty-minute episodes of myself interviewing a wide range of local artists of differing mediums about their specific journey through art and their creative process for their art,” Clark said.
These conversations with local artists will show more about them and their approach to create their art.
“I’m also really happy with the diversity of artists we were able to feature so far on this first season of the podcast,” Clark said. “Ranging from not only different art mediums, anywhere from music, to photography, to makeup stylists and painters, but also the racial diversity of the individuals we have had on the show.”
The Broccoli Creative Collective is also looking forward to the end of the pandemic so they can host meetups, concerts, art exhibitions, events and photo shoots again.
“That being said, we have made a real effort during COVID-19 to offer our local artists the same amount of, if not more, support and extend visibility that we strive for,” Clark said. “It is harder than ever to be an artist with the pandemic, so utilizing our online platform to maintain and continue growing artist connections and support has been a top priority this past year.”
In the new year, Broccoli is planning on starting a weekly news show on their Instagram. These short, one-minute episodes will discuss the happenings in the art scene on a weekly basis. Broccoli also plans to expand to Facebook and Twitter this year.
“We’re really excited for the launch of our new merch/clothing line that should be launching by the summer,” Clark said.
The Broccoli Instagram page is where the article features are hosted, @broccoliomaha. To find the forum to be featured on the page, as well as the YouTube channel and other media, visit the website: https://www.broccolicc.com.