Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives / OMAI / First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community


Email -- Wille Ney, Executive Director 

Phone (608) 890-1006

Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives
239 Red Gym
716 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. By harnessing the broad cultural influence of spoken word, hip hop and emerging as well as traditional art forms, OMAI initiatives create learning environments that improve retention and graduation success and prepares future leaders to reinvest in their communities. By continually refreshing this paradigm that integrates traditional academics and cutting edge arts activism, OMAI empowers transnational leaders with new tools for inclusive community building

Founded in 2005, OMAI is a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.

OMAI Staff:

Willie Ney, Executive Director (608-890-1055)
244 Red Gym,

Chris Walker, Artistic Director (608-262-6637)
417 Lathrop Hall,

Adey Assefa, Assistant Director (608-890-3434)
229 Red Gym,

Rain Wilson, Creative & Academic Advisor (No phone listed)
239 Red Gym,

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