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Positively the Heartland: Cultivating the roots of community through art at Rooted Synergy

One local gallery plans to fund artists and community projects
Posted at 6:05 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 07:05:18-05

What's the best way to grow our community? Together and through art — that's the belief at Rooted Synergy.

Opening in May, the founders of Rooted Synergy weren't focused on bringing another art gallery to Omaha, but instead, a different one where artists could keep more of the money they earn and where community projects, which might conventionally fall through the cracks, are funded.

"Whether it's a neighbor that can't cut down a tree that might fall on their house or maybe your other neighbor that needs shoes for their kids. So, we just wanted to open it up and make it a community effort," said Amanda Sirian, Rooted Synergy co-founder.

She and partner Michael Young were both born and raised in Omaha. They're also artists; two of the roughly 20 creators featured at the gallery in the Fair Deal Village Marketplace.

"Art is one of the things — maybe besides music — that everybody gets," Young said, speaking to the transformative potential of accessible art.

Young and Sirian share a goal of showcasing more artists in other buildings around Omaha. They'd also like to take the model they've developed to other cities, too.

The price of the pieces range from $10 to $3,000. The art is available to shop online at rootedsynergygallery.com and the site also allows scheduling for in-person visits. You can also learn about becoming a featured artist or recommended community projects for support on the site.

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