Norman Arts Council Accepting Summer 2018 Arts Education Program Scholarship Applications through May 1

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In 2012, the Norman Arts Council introduced the Robert Kidd III Arts Programs Scholarship Fund to provide support for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade who are residents of Norman to attend arts education programs with an established arts organization or educator. Awards are given for fall, spring and summer class sessions and can be used for private lessons, classes with an art organization or business (in Norman or elsewhere) or any other art education opportunity.

Scholarship Program Mission:  The Norman Arts Council Arts Education Scholarships are intended to provide Norman children with the opportunity to attend arts programming that is offered outside of schools.

Summer 2018 Arts Programs Scholarship Application 

DUE 11:59 PM TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Note: Please read application guidelines thoroughly to ensure timely completion of all requirements!

ELIGIBILITY: The Norman Arts Council invites students in grades K-8 who live or go to school in Norman, Oklahoma to apply for a scholarship to offset the cost of an arts education experience provided by an established arts organization or educator.

APPLICATIONS: The NAC has recently restructured their scholarship criteria, so there is new information. Only Applications submitted through the on-line process will be considered for funding. Applications must be 100% completed for consideration. "I don't know" or "unsure" answers will deem an incomplete application.

SELECTION CRITERIA:  The NAC is seeking applications for scholarships from students who:

  • express a strong desire to enhance their arts education experience beyond what is offered at schools
  • demonstrate a past commitment to visual or performing arts
  • have the ability to commit to the completion of the program
  • have a financial need that prevents them from funding the tuition themselves
  • priority will be given to new applicants, low income applicants, and applicants seeking funds for visual arts programs
  • $500 is the maximum award a single student will be granted
  • Applications must be 100% completed

Applicants will not be turned down for not meeting all of the criteria. It is encouraged, however, to try to meet as many as possible and to address the criteria directly in the proposal.

AWARDS:  Award notification will be by mail. Due to limited funds, applicants may not receive the full funding requested and/or may not receive any funding at this time.

DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS:  Upon award notification and receipt of agreement, the Norman Arts Council will give the awarded funds directly to the organization or individual implementing the program applied for on behalf of the student. Should the program be cancelled for any reason by the organization or individual implementing, the funds will be returned to the Norman Arts Council’s scholarship program and may be applied for during the next cycle.

COMMITMENT TO PROGRAM:  Upon award notification, the student’s parent or legal guardian will receive an agreement that states they will commit to ensuring the student’s regular attendance to the program. If the student fails to attend at least 75% of the program, the student will be asked to withdraw; any remaining funds will be returned to the Norman Arts Council’s scholarship program; and the student will not be eligible in the future.

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS:  The total amount of scholarship funds available may be awarded to one applicant or divided among multiple applicants. The Norman Arts Council reserves the right to not award any scholarships should there be a lack of qualified candidates or shortage of scholarship funds.

LIABILITY:  Award recipients and their guardians agree to indemnify and hold harmless the NAC, its employees, its agents, and its Board of Directors, in connection with any action, claim, lawsuit, charge, or proceeding, including but not limited to any civil action in State or Federal Court, or before any State or Federal agency, which is made or brought against recipients, NAC, and/or any of NAC's employees, agents, or board members, by any person or entity, based upon and/or arising out of a recipient's use of the funds.

APPEALS:  Any applicant who is denied a scholarship in whole or in part may only appeal directly to the NAC Education Committee on the following grounds: 1) discrimination against the applicant or its membership on the basis of: race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability, which is shown to have materially and adversely affected the outcome of their application; 2) illegal activity on the part of the Education Committee or a member of the Education Committee, which is shown to have materially and adversely affected the outcome of their application. 

The Robert Kidd III Arts Programs Scholarship Fund is made possible with support from Republic Bank and Trust, Norman Communities Foundation, Allied Arts and the City of Norman.

Norman Public Arts Seeks Artists for Skate Park Street Art Project

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CRE8nSK8 Relocation Project: The Four Elements
Due by 3 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

In 2013, the Norman Public Arts Board hosted the CRE8nSK8 project to enhance the Blake Baldwin Skate Park at Andrews Park with street art-style painting on the ramps. This award-winning project has been a community favorite since. 

However, updates to Andrews Park and the intersection of James Garner and Acres require that the Skate Park be temporarily de-installed. The City of Norman Parks Department and the Norman Public Arts Board are working together to keep the Skate Park alive during the updates. The ramps will be divided among 4 other parks in Norman and new street art painting will be installed on the ramps. 

The Norman Public Arts Board is accepting proposals for the designs for two of these parks: 

The selected artists will be working as team with the other artists so each artist will have a chance to contribute to the painting in all four parks and the work will be spread out over 4 Sundays in April. 

Selected artists will each be awarded a $600 honorarium for their design and work. The cost of the spray paint will be covered by the Norman Parks Department. The selected artists are not responsible for the cost of materials for the project.

Artist Eligibility

The Public Arts Board will review proposals from qualified artists. Any artist wishing to apply must fit one of these descriptions to be qualified: 

1.      Live in Norman, OK for at least the past 365 days OR
2.     Have exhibited at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council at some time since January 1, 2012


Monday, February 12, 2018  @ 3:00pm CST – Deadline for submissions to the CRE8nSK8 Relocation Project - The Four Elements
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Notification of selected artists
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Park #1 painting
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Park #2 painting
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Park #3 painting
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - Park #4 painting
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Rain Day if needed

RFP Requirements

Artists are asked to submit the following:

  1. A rendering or sketch of your proposed design
  2. Statement about how your design incorporates the element theme of the park
  3. At least 3 examples of previous work that you feel showcase your ability to fulfill this project
  4. Image checklist of work examples including date, title, medium
  5. CV

For questions, contact:
Erinn Gavaghan
Executive Director, Norman Arts Council

Fowler Auto Seeks Artist for Interactive Community Artwork Piece


Fowler Automotive believes that art, culture and thriving places are at the heart of thriving communities. It is important to us that we build up the communities that our dealerships call home. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support many arts, culture and placemaking events year-round.

We are seeking artist proposals for an interactive and/or crowd-sourced art piece to be displayed at the community festivals that Fowler participates in throughout the 2018 season. Fowler is looking to provide interactive art experiences and to engage event attendees with the Fowler brand.

Proposals that incorporate automotive themes are not required, but would be encouraged. Because Fowler represents a variety of automotive brands, individual auto brands should not be incorporated into the piece. Themes could be visual or based on related experiences (ex: road trips, “my first car”).

Proposals should be able to engage both children and adults in participation.


  • The piece must be able to be broken down, stored, and setup for use at approximately 10 events throughout the year (think durability and mobility)
  • The piece must be transportable in a 6x8 pickup bed (think scale)
  • The piece must be able to be setup and broken down by a minimum of 2 individuals (think weight)
  • Electricity will be accessible at events if necessary

Project Budget: $3,500 for design, materials and labor

Project Timeline:

  • Call for submissions Jan. 29 – Feb. 19. Deadline Feb. 19, 5 p.m.
  • Final Acceptance Notification: Feb. 26
  • Completed Project Deadline: April 2

To submit, click  here

one: Bal Chat Noir celebrates 19th Century France, supports Norman Arts Council

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The cat is out of the bag! This year’s Norman Arts Council fundraiser is one: BAL CHAT NOIR! Join us as we revel in the café, cabaret, and artistic life that defined early 20th Century Paris.

Whether this is your first ONE event, or you spend every year battling the after-the-holiday blues by anxiously awaiting THE party of the year, you will not be disappointed by your attendance of this night!!

Held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, it's a night you don't want to miss. 

The Chat Noir was a café, shadow theatre, dance hall, publishing house, and gathering spot for writers, poets, artists, and anyone wanting to mingle with the like. For one night, step into MAINSITE and you will experience the Belle Epoque.

Enjoy drinks, food, art raffle + auction items, live entertainment, music and much, much more, all while supporting Norman Arts!

The Bohemians - VIP ($100) ticket includes:

  • Access to VIP Seating Area
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet French Delicacies by Legend's
  • 9 p.m. Absinthe Pour by the "Green Fairy"

The Revolutionaries ($60) ticket includes:

  • Limited Open Bar
  • French Bites by Legend’s

ONE Chairs: Liz Barfield, Jin Jo Garton and Lesha Maag
ONE Committee: Nathan Andrew, Gabriel Bird, Dennis Brigham, Cher Duncan, Erinn Gavaghan, Susan Greer, Josh Hinkle, Rhett Michael Jones, Bree Montoya, Lisa Reed, Shevuan Williams

Avant Garde Sponsors:
Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Toyota

Royalty Sponsors:
Top of the World | Republic National Distributing Company 
Legend's Restaurant & Catering

Bourgeois Sponsors:
Fancy Couches | The Cigar Company Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Publique Sponsors: 
The Abner Ale House | A Small Vintage Affair | Adair & Associates
Andy Alligators Fun Park & Water Park | BancFirst
DM Wealth Management | Essential Insanties Photography
Guestroom Records | Hickman Law Group | Ideal Eyecare
StateFarm - Julia Chew | Salon Audace | Shevaun Williams & Associates
The Spirit Shop | Sublime Signs | Tri Studios | Visit Norman
Benvenuti's/Volare | Yeaman Signature Health Clinic


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Norman Arts Accepting Applications for 2018 Featured High School Artist Award


Deadline:  Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:59pm


All applications must be completed online. You will be required to upload the following:

·       Artist Statement – One Page

·       Proposal Narrative – One Page. Proposal of exhibit must fit within the Library Gallery space: 56 linear feet of wall space, 160 square feet of floor space.

·       Up to 15 images of previous work 

·       Up to 15 images or sketches of proposed works for consideration


The Norman Arts Council will feature one high school artist an exhibit in 2018. Artists will submit proposals according to the guidelines listed below for review by a selection panel. 

The selected exhibit will represent the visual arts through craft, design, media arts, photography, paint, works on paper, digital arts, or sculpture. Performance art may be considered if there is an accompanying installation.

Featured High School Artist exhibits will occur in the Library Gallery within MAINSITE Contemporary Art.


All artists must: 

• Have resided in Norman, OK for one year 

• Submit an exhibit proposal

• Submit a digital archive of previous work done by the artist 

• Attest that the submitted concepts, proposals and works of art are executed solely by the artist 

• Be a junior of senior in high school.

Works for the exhibit may be executed in any medium or combination of mediums, which conform to the guidelines. Works must be suitable for viewing by all age groups.

At least thirty percent (30%) of the works in the exhibit must be for sale. All sales, including prints, cds, videos, books, catalogues provided by the artists are subject to a 30% commission to the Norman Arts Council. 

The selection panel will evaluate the proposals based on the criteria listed below:

• Clarity, originality, and depth of the proposal 

• Quality and originality of the work, based upon the examples provided 

• Impact upon the development of the artist 

• Feasibility of project completion.

Selected artist will receive a $600 honorarium for their project. This will be paid at the conclusion of each exhibit along with 70% of any sales.


(NAC reserves the right to adjust any deadlines as necessary) 

Friday, February 16 @ 11:59pm - Deadline for submissions for featured artist program 

Friday, March 2 – Selected Artist notified

April 13 – May 12 - Exhibition


All decisions made by the selection panel and the Norman Arts Council are final.

The Norman Arts Council reserves to right to use images of the artwork and photos of the artists in future marketing of projects sponsored by the NAC. As conditions of this permission, the NAC shall credit the artists.

All federal, state and local taxes on awards and sales are the sole responsibility of the awards recipient.

Entries void if NAC determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

The Norman Arts Council reserves the right to cancel any exhibit or awards based on a lack of qualified proposals. In addition, the NAC shall retain overall artistic control of the exhibitions to insure the quality and appropriateness of the public exhibits.

For additional information, contact the Norman Arts Council at 405-360-1162 or