About Ogden First
Ogden First is a non-profit corporation established to create and deliver arts programming, in all forms, in the context of adaptive reuse of historic or iconic spaces, to create vibrant venues where artists can create, learn, perform and exhibit, amplified by our city’s architectural legacy.
Stated more simply:
Specifically, O1ARTS is an Arts & Humanities organization with a social mission, focusing on community engagement and participation, while helping to advance the careers of promising local artists through paid exhibition and curatorial opportunities, combined with professional development workshops and presentations.
For two years, O1ARTS has been transforming disused spaces - vacant lots, vacant storefronts, blighted walls - into community-engagement Arts experiences.
Our first initiative was O1|PLATFORMS, a unique creative place-making and community focused project, located in the heart of a designated Community Reinvestment Area neighborhood.
In 2018, we launched our O1|WALLS initiative, which is designed to unite artists and neighborhoods through a collaborative process, and to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. In fact, we’ve completed three NEW murals this year, on the E-facing wall at The Monarch parking deck, with at least one more scheduled for later this year.
This winter, we will expand on our community-focused programming by opening a new, 4000+ Sq. Ft. flexible venue called O1|XIBIT in The Monarch.
XIBIT will be a flexible space, able to mount exhibitions and host performances other venues simply cannot... including a room equipped for and programmed with immersive digital, AR/VR, and sound art.
In addition to visual arts, we will enable performing arts such as music, dance, performance art, literary readings and salons.
PLATFORMS has transformed a formerly vacant, disused lot at 25th and Adams, and turned it into a vibrant, community-oriented performance and exhibition venue! We’re programming…
Ogden First’s WALLS project is designed to unite artists and neighborhoods through a collaborative process, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.…
Slated to open Winter 2020, XIBIT is our flagship “flexhibition” space for contemporary visual and performing art, located in “The Monarch” building at 455 25th…