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.

 

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 and Shevaun Williams led the first two workshops in spring and summer of 2017, respectively. All photos are courtesy of Shevaun Williams.

ASKING YOUR CREATIVITY TO DANCE: A CREATIVE REBOOT WITH Skip Hill 
2-4 PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
REGISTER HERE

If there is one phrase I hear more than any other from creatives it's "I wish I could get back to making my Art again."

My first question is usually "Why did you stop?" followed by "What will it take to get you making Art again? How do you make space in your life for an art practice? How do you re-engage the creative activity that at one point brought you so much joy, expression and challenge?"

Rebooting your Inner Artist, Uncovering your internal creative blocks to making Art, and learning exercises and strategies to overcome those creative blocks is the purpose of this two hour workshop facilitated by artist Skip Hill.

About Skip

Skip Hill creates lyrical collage paintings and drawings that blend High and Low aesthetics through a tapestry of styles rooted in cultures around the world. Hill's images and forms are drawn from such diverse sources as comic books, Folk art, tribal textiles, Ukiyo prints, Asian calligraphy, and Western Art History to produce Art that engages the viewer in a visually meditative experience. His artwork is found in private and public collections in the US, the UK, France, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and the Netherlands.

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 will help complete the exchange by exhibiting work in Norman in September 2017 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Cultural Connections: Clermont-Ferrand in Norman Reception
6-10 p.m. on Friday, October 13

Cultural Connections: Clermont-Ferrand in Norman Closing Reception
6-10 p.m. on Friday, November 10

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.

Please direct any questions to Joshua Boydston at joshb@normanarts.org.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

Those who attended our artist workshop in December and/or have previously worked in Norman Arts Council on an arts project, public work, concert or other event since 2011 are eligible to apply for a $1,000 artist grant now!

To apply for a We Art Lindsey Street artist grant, visit: https://normanarts.submittable.com/submit/72728/we-art-lindsey-street

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

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.

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!

Spring 2018 Arts Programs Scholarship Application 

Details on Spring 2018 Arts Education Scholarship Deadlines will be made available later this fall.

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.

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

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!