An anonymous donor has given $1 million to the Kaneko in support of the downtown Omaha arts organization's expansion plans.
James Linder, Kaneko's board chairman, announced the gift Tuesday.
Kaneko will use the money to turn old warehouse space that's currently empty into more usable space, said Heike Langdon, Kaneko's spokeswoman.
The plans include construction of media and conference rooms on the building's main level, reconfiguration and additions to the reception area, the creation of two new gallery spaces on the building's second level and a new freight elevator.
Langdon said the new spaces are intended to be flexible, open space that can be used for a variety of events, including speakers, art exhibitions and workshops.
The city's annual Big Omaha conference takes place at Kaneko, and Langdon said the construction will give the popular event an additional 20,000 square feet to use for next year's event.
The Kaneko, at 1111 Jones St. in the Old Market, has been operating for five years. It gets its name from noted Omaha ceramicist Jun Kaneko. The space supports creativity of all kinds through speaker series, musical performances, art exhibitions and other events.
Langdon said construction should begin in the next couple of months.
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