The Kaneko arts and cultural center is wrapping up a $1 million renovation and expansion project.
Kaneko, at 1111 Jones St. in the Old Market, will have the work finished in time to host the Big Omaha conference on innovation and entrepreneurship May 9 and 10, said Heike Langdon, Kaneko's spokeswoman.
Kaneko supports creativity of all kinds through speaker series, musical performances, art exhibitions and other events.
The renovation project has included construction of conference rooms on the building's main level, reconfiguration of and additions to the reception area, renovation of two galleries on the main level, creation of two new gallery spaces on the building's second level and more restrooms.
The project was funded by an anonymous donor.
Langdon said the new areas are intended to be flexible, open spaces that can be used for various events, including speakers, art exhibitions and workshops.
Kaneko is housed in three converted warehouses.
Kaneko hopes to start a $4 million second phase of renovation within the next year that involves building an atrium to connect the exterior of the three warehouses and provide a main entrance, Langdon said. Crews last week removed an old loading dock to make room for the atrium.
Kaneko has been offering public programs for five years. It gets its name from noted Omaha ceramicist Jun Kaneko.
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