The South Omaha Mural Project is a series of 10 community-based murals depicting the culture, history and ethnic heritage of groups that settled in South Omaha neighborhoods. For the Nebraska Mural, a team comprised of five artists, two apprentices and several volunteers worked together to create a design that illustrates the connection Nebraskans have with one another. The artists visited communities across the state and met with South Omaha residents to collect stories to populate the mural’s narrative.
The neighborhood surrounding the mural, which is located on the west wall of the Supermercado Nuestra Familia on 36th and Q St., was invited to celebrate the inaugural paint strokes with the artists during a community paint day. The artists then spent 10 weeks completing the 3,600 square-foot mural, which depicts the journey of Nebraskan ranchers into South Omaha. The mural reflects the personal stories and anecdotes artists heard from individuals, as well as overarching themes of journey, struggle, hard work and kinship.