WHO WE ARE
Public Access (formerly DargerHQ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes space for exchange: exchanging plans, exchanging experience, exchanging ideas. Our Publications and Public Programs thoughtfully and intentionally offer up propositions, alternatives, and experiments to address the social, political, and environmental challenges we face.
WHAT WE DO
Public Access Publications create a critical space for exchange where ideas form meaningful connections on the page. These anthologies of critical writing, image-based essays, inquiry driven artist projects, and speculative fictions will be available at local and national venues and through our web store.
Our Public Programs work to reiterate and contextualize ideas and themes presented in our publications for live audiences at our physical space on 18th and Vinton Streets in Omaha. They will take the form of readings, lecture series, conflict dinners, live performance, skill sharing, open forums, panel discussions, and project-based and experimental exhibitions.
Public Record is our online publishing platform that features excerpts from forthcoming print publications and critical reviews of exhibitions in Omaha and the surrounding region.
Each year, Public Access works with a featured artist to create a special, limited edition available via subscription. We aim to disrupt the hierarchies of larger institutional systems, and the gallery industrial complex they feed, by creating a direct line from artist to supporter. While accessible and affordable, Public Access Artist Editions also emphasize experimental media and modes of production that aim to surprise, engage, and challenge the conventions of “collecting” in unexpected ways.
We aim to create a definable pipeline for artists seeking opportunities outside of Omaha by building substantial peer and professional artist networks and by showcasing the work of Omaha area artists nationally during the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 and the Los Angeles Art Book Fair at MoCA LA. Alongside Public Access Publications, we will feature a curated selection of artist editions, recordings, and zines to highlight Omaha’s creative talent and shine a brighter light on the incredible work coming out of our city.
Public Access Press is a volunteer-run organization comprised of generous artists, arts professionals, and community leaders.
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