The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Rosetta Funches has quietly pulled off a HUGE opportunity for Oklahomans to experience a unique art opportunity for many reasons. https://www.facebook.com/obmapac?hc_location=stream (Rosetta Funches, Director).
This is the second season arts festival in Memorial Park in Oklahoma City hosted by the Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center. The event schedule lists performers https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByuCKxdD0sx7aXQxOUxuQzJxOE0/edit over 3 days, and then there are artists, food and beverages.
But noone said there would be this basketball court sized ( around 100ft) of African American History Mural.
Hand painted, in panels by a local portrait artist, the images are both cut outs and on a surface.
Friday night, I went by the festival on my way home, and listened awhile to the live music, wandered a bit and then realized there was this MURAL.
The artist, who is a local Grandmother spoke briefly. She identified that she would be happy to answer questions about the process, or figures. Basically, she learned her Grandson seemed somewhat disinterested in lessons in school, so she thought she might craft a figure that was an actual life-sized replica for the class to have some better understanding that the historic figure was a man, who really lived and he was so big and this was some of what she did.
So, she began to make these cut_out life sized hand painted figures, and there were more and more and more.
Watching the young ladies play basketball last night before the mural, watching people of all kinds gravitate to this today, each having a personal response to the art, the history and the information. Satiety being the most common. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satiety
Every person, including myself was fed in some way by this feast.
This festival is a 3 day long not to miss gem of art, experience and culture. Saturday schedule stops at 10p and Sunday runs from 1p until 9p.
Cost: this event is free. There are vendors on site for BBQ and beverages. Turkish Raindrop was giving away cupcakes.
Parking: There is a lot on the North side of the park. There is parking in every bordering neighborhood.
Helm Farm is North across 30th,
Central Park is East across Western,
Military Park is South of the park, and
Putnam Heights is West of the park.
This event is sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma Arts Council, Great Plains Coca-cola, Metropolitan Library, Pizza Hut 23rd and Meridian, Skate Galaxy, Betters Entertainment, Historic OKC Farmer's Market, The Home Depot and the Norva Johnshon/Larry Johnson Foundation.
Special support has been offered by Michale Garrison, Len Nesbitt, Thomasena Martin-Johnson, Linda Royal, Tanya Kilburn, Joyce Jamison, Kelli Broderson, Nielah Blaylock.
++++ the festival is looking for someone to aid in curating the parts of this exhibit, and persons interested in aiding in ongoing display of this please contact Ms. Fuches.