Sixty years ago, this year, nine artists met at the Salvation Army and formed the Fremont Art Club. In 1978, they reformed as Fremont Area Art Association with the mission to encouraging cooperation and communication among artists, art teachers, art students, craftsmen, publishers, and others engaged in the visual arts. In 1979, they purchased their current home, Gallery 92, and it quickly became a hub for creative activity for the Fremont community.
There is always something going on. Youth take a wide variety of classes, can participate in youth-art focused exhibitions in the gallery, and FAAA provides family-focused activities around the holidays. For adults, there is a broad variety of classes that cover the spectrum of visual arts. If people are not sure which class or workshop they want to participate in, FAAA offers a “Try It Tuesday” – an open time to try out different art methods. FAAA also hosts a monthly luncheon, featuring guest artists as speakers.
The good works of the Association has stretched beyond the Fremont community over the years. As early as 1968, the association collected over 250 paintings and pieces of artwork to send to the California VA Hospital to welcome home veterans being treated there.
Recently, the Fremont Area Arts Association has been successful in expanding their facility to offer more arts opportunities in a more accessible space. Gallery 92 West has created more ground-level classroom and exhibition spaces.
A grand re-opening in 2018 drew hundreds of local patrons to celebrate the new space and share their pride and excitement everyone had for FAAA, an anchor for creativity and the arts in Fremont, and a model for other arts organizations throughout Nebraska.