Benson First Friday BFF is dedicated to supporting the region’s emerging and established artists by creating opportunity, exposure and experiences that help them move forward while enriching the cultural competency of the greater Omaha area.
After months of planning and research, Benson First Friday began in June 2012 with the help of organizers Alex Jochim & Jamie Hardy. Although the June 2012 event was planned as a one-time gig, Jochim and Hardy saw so much success and promise in the night that they immediately began planning the following month…and the following month…and the following month (you get it).
Three years later – after many months of event planning, artist curating and installing, collaborating with Benson businesses and growing with the help of community support – BFF was granted 501c-3 nonprofit status in July 2015. The duo, along with many more acquired organizers, had wanted to see the organization grow from just a once-a-month gathering to one that supported the area arts on a daily basis.
Now in 2020, BFF continues to grow its influence outside of Benson and into other areas of Omaha and the surrounding area. We took the big step away from “Benson First Friday” and turned our nickname into our official name:
We are simply “BFF.”
ALL WEEKEND LONG
MURAL PROJECT IN DOWNTOWN LINCOLN
BY SARAH JENSEN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2
LIVE from BENSON FIRST FRIDAY
Featuring MaMO Gallery, Artist Interviews, Gallery Tours, and Live Performances
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
BFF in LINCOLN!
Live art and projections from Sarah Rowe and Tyler Meyer at Turbine Flats
Lakota artist Sarah Rowe confronts issues regarding self-identity and exploitation, and re-imagines traditional Native American symbology and dream images to fit the narrative of today’s cultural landscape. Drawing from skewed imagery in storybooks and history books, in conjunction with images from historical winter counts, Sarah projects her vision and experience into the mix with an offbeat enchantment. Rowe’s imagined landscapes are bold and vibrant, containing a shape shifting bestiary layered in tales both familiar and strange.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
LIVE Street Show in DOWNTOWN LINCOLN
Hosted by Caitlin Little, BFF Development Director
Featuring live musicians, performers, visual artists, and “little known places” in Downtown Lincoln