Norman Arts Council Works to Better Serve Artists Affected by Art Walk Changes

Norman Arts Council introduced changes to the 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in October and is evolving them to continue to best serve participating artists, performers and 2nd Friday audiences while also keeping the continually growing event safe, accessible and fun for everyone.  

Norman Arts Council created a designated Arts Vendor Area south of the intersection of Main and Jones for the October 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk. That Arts Vendor Area will be moved to south of the intersection of Main and Peters beginning in November to locate the talented artists, vendors, crafters and makers more centrally in the Art Walk footprint.  

Vendors had previously setup on sidewalks throughout downtown Norman during Art Walk, but increased attendance and prevalence of vendors created safety and accessibility concerns. 

Interested arts vendors — selling handmade goods — can apply monthly to be a vendor by the 1st Friday of the month by visiting and submitting an application with a $30 vendor fee. Late applications will be accepted after the 1st Friday with a $100 fee.

October also introduced changes regarding street performers. Live music in the air adds to what makes 2nd Friday so vibrant, but to ensure that each musician is given their chance to shine without conflicting noise, Norman Arts Council asked that street performers apply for a permit with a $20 fee to setup in assigned locations. The fee associated with the permit has been waived, but NAC still requests that interested entertainers apply to perform by the first Friday of the month at to get an assigned spot. 

Changes concerning the serving of alcoholic beverages at select participating locations are a matter of state law, and those changes will remain in place in accordance with those laws.