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).
2019 will feature four new artists teaching on a variety of topics. John Banas (comedy), David Holland (painting), Darci Lenker (embroidery) and Sara Brooks (bookmaking) will lead workshops throughout the year.
2018 included 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.
All images courtesy of Shevaun Williams.
Improving your Life with Comedy:
The Art and Science of Humor
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019
MAINSITE Contemporary Art
Everyone likes to laugh, but fewer people have considered how humor can improve their lives. This workshop will explore humor from both the social scientific and creative perspectives. We will discuss first create a new way to understand and perceive humor, followed by discussing the empirical support for some benefits of humor, and we will conclude by exploring ways to increase laughter in our lives (e.g., improv, stand-up comedy).
Banas is an Associate Professor in the Communication department at the University of Oklahoma. One of his research interests, and the subject of one of my most popular and highest-rated courses at OU, is humor. This class distills that course into a seminar-length workshop. Humor for Banas is not merely an academic pursuit; he’s been performing stand-up comedy for several years.
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.
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 2019 Arts Education Scholarships
APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SPRING 2019
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 email. 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.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US FOR ROARING TWENTIES TO SUPPORT NORMAN ARTS! WE’LL BE BACK WITH THE NORMAN ARTS PARTY OF THE YEAR IN 2020!
Katelynn and Dillon Henry, 2019 Honorary Chairs
ONE Planning Committee
Liz Barfield • Gabriel Bird • Dennis Brigham • Cher Duncan • Jin Jo Garten • Erinn Gavaghan • Susan Greer • Joshua Hinkle • Carolynn Loon • Lesha Maag • Bree Montoya • Lisa Reed • Shevaun Williams
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 at a date TBD.