In addition to supporting numerous Norman arts organizations and events across the community through our granting program, Norman Arts Council has a series of programs it produces itself. View those and more in our Norman arts events calendar.

 
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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!

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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

Sponsorships also available:
Contact Cher Duncan at cher@normanarts.org for more information!

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, Lesha Maag, Bree Montoya

 
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The 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk is a monthly celebration of art and creativity in the Walker Arts District | Downtown Norman. It's held year-round, rain-or-shine and is free for everyone in the community to attend.

Norman Arts Council operates and maintains its offices inside MAINSITE Contemporary Art. It hosts numerous exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, concerts and more throughout the year. It's also available for as a venue for event rentals, including meetings, receptions, weddings and more. 

Everyone has an artist lurking within. Undercover Artists is a series of art workshops — led by some of Norman's finest artists — debuting in 2017 that celebrates the creativity of amateurs and practiced artists, alike. The workshops, inviting all skill levels and a variety of ages, are equal parts fun and informative, a collaborative community experience that will let that inner artist come to the forefront for a spell (or maybe unleash a new, long love affair).

2018 will include workshops from Al Bostick & Sheryl Martin (storytelling), Sally Cloud (jewelry making), Marissa Raglin (collage) and Erin Yeaman (storytelling through music). Enoch Kelly Haney, Skip Hill and Shevaun Williams led the first three workshops in 2017, respectively.

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What's Your Story?
2X4 Productions & Oklahoma StoryWorks present A Day of Stories and Storytelling with Al Bostick

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th
Registration fee includes lunch

What’s your story? 

We all have them. Stories tell us who we are. They let us tell each other how we’re alike and how we’re different—and how that matters. 

But how do you choose which story to tell? And once you’ve chosen a story, what’s the best way to tell it? 

2x4 Productions & Oklahoma StoryWorks present Oklahoma’s own Al Bostick, leading a day-long workshop that gives you the chance to learn:

  •             how to classify and analyze tales 
  •             how to structure a story (beginning, middle, and end) 
  •             world history through storytelling 
  •             cultural behaviors 
  •             critical thinking and problem solving (who, what, where, when, why, and how) 
  •             world rhythms
  •             rhyming and free verse storytelling

Come and find your own story to share!

The workshop ties into playwright and artist Sheryl Martin’s endeavor, entitled “Oklahoma StoryWorks: THE FOOD PROJECT.” Martin was one of 21 recipients of the Mid-America Arts Alliance Arts Innovations grants — the only hailing from Norman — for the project, which will be staged in 2018. The script will be developed through interviews with Norman area residents, the focus being on food and the stories, issues and relations with this most essential element of living. 

All photos are courtesy of Shevaun Williams.

The Norman Public Arts Board is working to enhance Norman’s image locally, regionally and nationally by insuring the creation of the highest quality art for display in our community’s public places. The NPAB believes that public art has the possibility of defining a community, enriching cultural diversity, stimulating economic activity, and encouraging all forms of artistic endeavors.

If you would like to donate to the NPAB by giving through your City of Norman Utility Bill, please download this PAB Donation Agreement, and return to the City of Norman, Treasury Division, PO Box 5599, Norman, OK 73070-5599.

For more information on Public Arts in Norman, visit the NPAB website, or contact us at nac@normanarts.org

For questions regarding membership, please contact the NAC at 405-360-1162.

Norman Public Arts Board

Cheryl Lockstone     |     Anne Masters     |     Ally Richardson

Douglas Shaw Elder     |     Mike Tower

Taylor Mauldin Wagner

Ex Officio

Jud Foster     |     Debby Williams

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Public Art is smART is an initiative to use Norman's ever expanding collection of prominent public art works — further accelerated by the Norman Forward Percent for Art program — as the basis for curriculum inside of Norman public schools. These sculptures, murals and more will inform a variety of coursework in math, science, language arts and more subjects, all while getting Norman students to interact with our communities public art in a manner of different ways, not only to inspire students with impressive artworks in their hometown but also further art as a vessel for learning in the classroom.  

Robert Kidd III Arts Programs Scholarship

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 

APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018 ARTS PROGRAMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE THIS SPRING

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.

Arts in Education Bash

Thanks to all those that came to the third annual Arts in Education Bash! We'll return again in September 2018!

Norman Arts Council's Cultural Connections is a program to further the bonds between Norman, Oklahoma and its sister cities across the globe by bringing visiting artists from abroad to share their heritage with us through their art while sending off Norman artists to further our city's history internationally.

In May 2017, Norman took three Norman artists — Daren Kendall, Ginna Dowling and Jason Cytacki — to exhibit work in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Three Clermont-Ferrand artists — Herve Brehier, Anne Marie Rognon and Cecile Gambini — completed the exchange by exhibiting work in Norman in Fall 2017 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

The next Cultural Connections exchange will take Norman Arts Council to Colima, Mexico in 2018. 

We Art Lindsey Street is an initiative made possible through the partnership of Norman Arts Council, Norman Public Arts Board, Institute for Quality Communities, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Norman Economic Development Coalition and Visit Norman aimed to support Lindsey Street and surrounding area businesses that have struggled through major, ongoing road construction affecting both the interstate exit and the street itself.

Many have lost upwards of 50% of their normal business, and We Art Lindsey Street hopes to provide a boost in sales and patronization through a series of pop-up art events, installations and projects that will run from December 2016 through October 2017. Artists are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 that can be used for materials, equipment and compensation for time and skill in putting together mobile art events and works that will attract attention and traffic to the area.

Projects

THE FOOD OF LINDSEY STREET SERIES BY UNCOVERING OKLAHOMA

Intro to The Food of Lindsey Street

MURAL ON KODA CROSSFIT BY RICK SINNETT

LINDSEY STREET SAFARI BY DON SCHOOLER

REANIMATE BY KYLE VAN EDWARD OSDOL (Running through late 2017)

The title of the living mural is, “REANIMATE”. Sticking true to it’s definition by revitalizing Lindsey Street while seamlessly incorporating it’s themes with animations. The animations are created in a CG digital world that defy normal logic.