The Kaneko, an Omaha organization that supports the arts, announced this morning that its director has resigned.
In a press release, the organization said it was moving in a “new direction,” and director Hal France's departure is the first step. He will continue to work with the Kaneko as a part-time consultant until it finds a new director.
The organization, at 11th and Jones Streets, was founded in 1998 by internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko, known for his ceramic dangos. His wife Ree was co-founder. The group's mission to support creativity in the arts, sciences and philosophy.
In the press release, Kaneko board chairman Robert Duncan said this is the first of many changes at the organization, including expanding the building to support video programs and small group meetings.
Before he joined the Kaneko in 2008, France was director of Opera Omaha.
-- Sarah Baker Hansen