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The Bohemian Begins a Tradition of Enabling Young Creatives

Matyk Building, winter 2018.
Nikon F5 | Nikkor 35mm f/2 D | Kodak Porta 400

A few weeks ago The Bohemian opened its doors to the public in the New Bo neighborhood of Cedar Rapids. With Mike and Lynette Richards at the helm, The Bohemian is built from the ground up with art, music, and culture at its very core. Located in the nearly 130 year old MATYK building, The Bohemian channels history and embodies the ideals of classic bohemian culture. The walls are covered with art that Mike and Lynette slowly collected over the last few decades. Every piece of art has a story, and a conversation to be had. (Mike also wrote a book documenting every piece of art along with personal stories.) All of these elements craft the unique, authentic environment that is The Bohemian. A place for artists, musicians, and creatives to gather. A space for conversation and community to flourish.

As A Space For Young Creatives

A group of Metro High School students preforming at The Bohemian, April 2021
Nikon D700 | SIgma 35mm f/1.4 ART

In an effort to support local creatives, The Bohemian has begun quietly opening its doors to a group of Metro High School students. Monday afternoons at The Bohemian have become an opportunity for Metro students to share a free meal and showcase their talents. These events aren’t open to the public, and that decision shows Mike and Lynette’s commitment to craft a safe space for young creatives. These events give Metro students the chance to experience what it’s like to perform in a real venue, while being surrounded by familiar faces. Events like this help to build and foster a strong creative community in Cedar Rapids. I look forward to the future of The Bohemian.

Metro Students performing at The Bohemian, April 19th 2021