Arts District

April in the Arts District: Festival of the Arts and OKC Memorial Marathon by Caleb Savage

The last weekend of April is an exciting time for the Arts District! Aside from the great events at the Civic Center, Museum of Art, and Myriad Gardens, it’s also time for the Festival of the Arts and the OKC Memorial Marathon!

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Festival of the Arts

Kicking off Tuesday, April 23rd and finishing up on Sunday, April 28th, the Festival of the Arts takes place right in our backyard in Bicentennial Park, in between the Civic Center & City Hall! The Festival of the Arts “is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival of the Arts has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees.”

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Find us from the Festival by crossing Walker at Colcord and walk through the Concourse of the Arts District Parking Garage to check out Joe O’Connell’s and Blessing Hancock’s “Small Talk About the Weather” (2016). We’re located along Main Street in Suite A, right before the South car entrance to the parking garage.

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Run to Remember

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Their mission is to “celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those who were killed and unite the world in hope. This is not just another marathon. It is a Run to Remember… and a race to show that we can each make a difference and change the world.” Remembering the events of April 19,1995, the marathon acts as the largest fundraiser for the OKC National Memorial & Museum.

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Instead of ending in Automobile Alley, this year’s finish line will be just outside the shop, on Hudson between Main & Sheridan! If you’re headed to the Finish Line, approach us from the west side of Hudson and turn west on Main Street! We’ll be open early at 6am on Sunday, the day of the race, to help you stay warm and alert while you wait on your favorite runners!

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It’s a good time to explore the Arts District! While you’re here, check out our latest artist, Virginia Sitzes!

Festival of the Arts by Steve Willingham

The Festival of the Arts is here!

Despite the rain, starting today, Bicentennial Park will be filled with thousands of people coming to the annual Festival of the Arts, put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. Admission is free, and there will be plenty to do. Not only are there going to be 144 artists setting up their own unique booth, but three stages will be set up for about 300 artists to perform on over the course of the week. There will also be lots of local food (our friends from Snow S'more will be right in front of Civic Center) and tons of activities for kids. The Festival runs 11am-9pm every day until Sunday, when they'll shut down at 6pm.

This party is just around the corner from us, so stop by and say hi while you're out at the festival. We will be open normal hours this week, so come see us before 6 every day but Sunday!

Setting up, as seen from our roof

Setting up, as seen from our roof

Small Talk About The Weather and Other Art by Steve Willingham

We really love being in the Arts District.

We're constantly surrounded by creativity and beauty. Take for instance my favorite piece. Walk to the other side of our building, and you'll see this sculpture outside of City Hall from an artist named Phillip K. Smith III. It's 26 feet tall and titled Where the Earth and Sky Meet. I love looking up at this on my way to the shop.

Where the Earth and Sky Meet

Where the Earth and Sky Meet

Just beyond that is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art where Dale Chihuly's The Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower shines in the window, probably the most famous piece of art in the neighborhood.

Image via OKCMOA.com

Image via OKCMOA.com

We're the most excited by a new piece in the Arts District Parking Garage.

Small Talk About The Weather

Small Talk About The Weather

Today, Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock of Creative Machines unveiled their interactive light sculpture, Small Talk About the Weather. This sculpture graces the pedestrian corridor on the west side of the building to be enjoyed by all. The ever changing weather in Oklahoma was an inspiration for the concept of this piece. It's beautiful by itself, but the best part is that you are part of the art. You can interact with the art by using a camera sensor on the north side of the concourse. The lights will then reflect the colors and motion from shirts or phone screens presented to the sensor. When it isn't engaged with someone, it will go back to it's default loop that was taken from actual weather pattern footage. 

Click through some of the different color patterns that were created during the demo today. I can't wait to see what this will do at night!

Glad to see things like this brightening people's days as they visit Oklahoma City's Arts District. Come check it out for yourself after you grab an espresso.