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.

 

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.

Spring 2018 Arts Programs Scholarship Application 

APPLICATIONS DUE BY 11:59 PM ON DECEMBER 1, 2017

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 restructured their scholarship criteria this past winter, so there is new information here. 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 fund 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 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.

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!

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. 

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.

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     |     Melissa Scaramucci

Anne Masters     |     Ally Richardson

Douglas Shaw Elder     |     Mike Tower

Taylor Mauldin Wagner

Ex Officio

Jud Foster     |     Debby Williams

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).

Enoch Kelly Haney, Skip Hill and Shevaun Williams led the first three workshops in 2017, respectively. All photos are courtesy of Shevaun Williams.

The ONE Event is the annual Norman Arts Council fundraiser set to support NAC's administration and operations costs. Thanks to everyone who attended ONE: A Fool's Ball and help us reach our fundraising target! ONE will be back again in Spring 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.