Founders Jun and Ree Kaneko envision KANEKO as a gift to the community, a space that celebrates the creative spirit and explores and encourages creativity in all of its expressions in the arts, sciences, and philosophy.

After purchasing a string of buildings in the Old Market, Jun, with an artist’s eye, recognized potential in the brick and concrete warehouses and imagined a future for the structures that would contribute to the community and the country that had supported him.

Jun imagined an institution that would bring to Omaha creative people of all types – artists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, poets, and scientists, connecting an increasingly diverse and vibrant Omaha to the arts, culture, and sciences worldwide.

In 1998, Jun and Ree founded the non-profit cultural organization, establishing an international Creative Board and a Board of Directors whose members voted to name the institution KANEKO.

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