The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center presents the second Art In the City Festival.
Even the trees are decorated with murals that sway and dance in the breeze to the live music. Today is the second day of the festival which will run until 10p tonight, and from 1-9p on Sunday.
Memorial Park is in between 30th and North Classen and North Western, just South of the Western District, and just North of the Asian District.
The event hosts live music, food and drink. The grill is on and they have a full spread for BBQ.
There are various types of art for sale, art for the wall, functional art and art to wear.
"Everyone is talking about the mural" was overheard more than once. The complete show stopper is the mural of historic Black American figures, which spans about 20 panels ( the length of a basketball court + some) of oil paintings of the famous and semi-famous.
This project was begun as a gift of a Grandmother who noted her Grandson found school lessons a bit dry. So, she painted a panel and took it to his gradeschool class, and another and another. These illustrations are lifesized replicas in most cases, indicating the true size of the person, as they lived in life.When's the last time you passed Frederick Douglass on the road? The figures look a good bit like book illustrations, and in collection are a handsome, informative and still growing expanse of family love shared with the OKC community. Excellent all ages photo op! This is one of the most engaging local art exhibits seen in OKC in a LONG time.
There are a couple of other booths of note, The Muskogee-Creek Indian Tribe which is working on census issues, aiding persons with tribal membership and enrollment.... this group has a presence of Freedmen who sang the opening with a Tribal song. Also present is the Red Cross. Sisters in Motion a health oriented women's club that has central membership of about 300 and meet up groups citywide to help women maximize connectivity and social supports for better health. Turkish Raindrop House a group who provides education, interfaith dialogue and cultural enrichment opportunities.
Sponsors for the event are Tinker Federal Credit Union, The Oklahoma Arts Council, Great Plains Coca Cola, Metropolitan Library Systems, Pizza Hut from 23rd and Meridian, Skate-Galaxy, Betters Entertainment, Historic Oklahoma Farmer's Market and The Home Depot.
Organizers include but are not limited to: Nielah Blaylock, Kelli Broderson, Joyce Jamison, Linda Royal, Norva and Larry Johnson Foundation, Tanya Kilburn, Nancy Harris, Thomasena Martin Johnson, Len Nesbitt, Michale Garrison.
This event is free and open to the public and is designed for all ages. The remaining days music schedule is in the series of photographs that accompany this article.
Parking is free and available on the North side of the Park. It is very possible to park in Military Park Neighborhood, which is just South of the event or in Central Park Neighborhood, which is just East of the event or Putnam Heights Neighborhood, just West of the event.