Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
Downtown OKC, Inc. appreciates the hard work you do, so we’re dedicating a whole week to making sure you feel appreciated. It’s called (what else?)…Downtown Employee Appreciation Week!
Just so you know… if you’re a downtown employee, you’re automatically invited. And the best part is… everything is free!
Check out the schedule of events at DowntownOKC.com and remember to mark the dates on your calendar. See ya soon!
OKCMOA: celebrating a decade downtown
Mar. 16 – 18 will be a weekend for all to enjoy.
Ten years ago, on Mar. 16, 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art opened in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center. Visitors arrived long before the doors opened, lines wrapped around the block, and the new museum and its first exhibition, Dale Chihuly: An Inaugural Exhibition, received enthusiastic public support. Believe it or not, it’s already been a decade since the Oklahoma City Museum of Art welcomed its first guests to the downtown Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center, and the Museum is excited to say thank you to the community whose support paved the way for its many successes with events throughout the year.
The Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration culminates on its anniversary weekend, Mar. 16–18 with three days of free admission, films, and programs, with funds provided by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Oklahoma Natural Gas, a division of ONEOK.
The celebration will continue throughout 2012 with special events and exhibitions, including ILLUMINATIONS: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly, Chihuly: Northwest, and the Museum-organized, 10th anniversary exhibition, FUSION [A New Century of Glass]. On view June 14 through Sept. 9, 2012, FUSION will feature glass sculptures and installations from the twenty-first century that embrace the diversity and depth of the human experience. The exhibition is cocurated by the Museum’s Curator of Collections Alison Amick and Associate Curator Jennifer Klos.
For more information, visit the OKCMOA website.
Considering moving downtown? Come check out your options!
The OKC Downtown College will host another free ‘Tuesday Topics’ seminar, “Living Downtown: Expectations and Options” on Tuesday, Mar. 13, from 12 – 1 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Downtown Library.
A panel of residents will share their thoughts on how exciting and convenient it can be to live downtown. Representatives from downtown apartment and housing options will be there to answer questions, share information and show what they have to offer. Downtown OKC, Inc. will also share their new Downtown Living video, in which real residents talk about what it’s like to live in the heart of the city.
The seminar includes a free lunch, compliments of Allegiance Credit Union, Downtown OKC Inc, and volunteer residential facilities.
Please RSVP to 232.3382 by noon on Mar. 12. This event is part of the ‘Tuesday Topic’ series sponsored by OKC Downtown College, Allegiance Credit Union, and Downtown OKC, Inc.
Devon is downtown proud
There are so many exciting changes happening in Downtown Oklahoma City. From Project 180 to the construction of the new Devon Tower, revitalization is happening everywhere you turn.
To celebrate the growth of the heart of the city, Devon Energy has teamed up with News 9 to present Downtown Proud – a video vignette series that highlights the exciting changes happening all around us.
Visit the Downtown Proud page on News9.com to hear the remarkable story of our downtown. New videos will be added throughout the year so check back often!
Canterbury presents a multi-sensory experience concert
Canterbury Choral Society presents Experiences with Sound, a multi-sensory experience concert that celebrates music and sound composed or performed by those who have experienced hearing loss.
Experiences with Sound provides attendees a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience music through the voices of Canterbury, along with Swiss-based hearing organization Phonak, Cory’s Audio and Visual, and guest artists that include the Oklahoma Philharmonic and world-renowned, Juilliard- trained pianist Valerie Zamora.
Special concert elements include a “lightscape” along with LED lighting and projection systems around the theater synchronized with the music, and coordinated by Cory’s AV, as well as a reading of Beethoven’s personal words about his hearing loss. Guests will also see testimonies presented by concert sponsor Phonak, which feature celebrities offering words of encouragement and understanding of hearing and the importance it plays in the world.
Additional concert activities include an interactive, hands-on Science Museum exhibit that will help attendees further visualize how sound works, along with information on the importance of hearing screenings and early detection and intervention for hearing loss.
Experiences with Sound will take place on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center. For more information about Canterbury or to purchase tickets, visit canterburyokc.com or call 405.232.SING. Also, don’t forget to follow Canterbury Choral Society on Facebook!
Money Talks, Art Walks
Money Talks, Art Walks is almost here! This popular fundraising event happens Saturday, Mar. 10, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the IAO Gallery located at 706 W. Sheridan, in Historic Film Row of downtown Oklahoma City.
With Money Talks, Art Walks, you see high energy coincide with an art sale. This exciting event gives people the opportunity to add affordable art to their collections in very fun fashion. A diverse array of two hundred works created by emerging, mid-career and established Oklahoma artists will grace the walls of the gallery. All the work will be available for $50 to $100!
Here’s the catch: all of the artworks will be hung with no title information and the artist of each piece will be identified only after that work has been sold; all the artwork is available for essentially the same price, and patrons can acquire work only through the ‘luck of the draw.’
Attendees will have the option to buy Money Talks tickets for three pools: $100, $75 or $50. Each collector can buy as many tickets as he or she wishes in any or all of the pools, but only 200 Money Talks tickets will be available to represent the 200 pieces of art available.
The ‘Mooster of Ceremony’ Craig ‘Moose-Ondaluce’ Alleman will begin the three groups of random drawings with the $100 pool, followed by the $75 pool and then the $50 pool. Each time a ticket is pulled, a name is called, and that person will have only 30 seconds to pick whichever piece of artwork remaining on the wall he or she chooses.
Money Talks will also include three-dimensional artwork. Two-dimensional work—drawings, monoprints, and photographs—will be 8.5″ x 11″ or smaller, on paper only, and presented unframed and unmatted. Three-dimensional work—sculptures, pottery, or craft—will be 8.5″ x 11″ (x 11″) or smaller, and can be cast, carved, modeled, or constructed.
Admission to the fundraising event is $10. Proceeds from the event support year round programming at Individual Artists of Oklahoma. Appetizers will be provided by Jazmo’z Bourbon Street and Joey’s Pizzeria.
For more information on the event or IAO, please visit iaogallery.org or call 405.232.6060.
Barons fans, mark your calendars!
Come downtown and support your Oklahoma City Barons this Friday and Saturday Mar. 9 and 10 as they host the Lake Erie Monsters.
Ask about the Barons special ticket offers like their Hat Trick Plan. 7 undated tickets and an official Barons Hat. Starting at just $89.
Get your tickets for these upcoming home games by calling 232.GOAL.
Mar. 10 vs. Lake Erie @ 7 p.m.
Mar. 13 vs. Lake Erie @ 7 p.m.
Mar. 23 vs. Texas Stars @ 7 p.m.
Mar. 24 vs. Grand Rapids @ 7 p.m.
Mar. 25 vs. Grand Rapids @ 4 p.m..
Thunder fans, mark your calendars. The Thunder are better than ever and you don’t wanna miss a second!
Mar. 9 vs Cleveland 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 10 vs Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 13 vs Houston 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 15 @ Denver 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 16 vs San Antonio 8:30 p.m.
Mar. 18 vs Portland 8:30 p.m.
Mar. 20 @ Utah 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 21 vs LA Clippers 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 23 vs Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 25 vs Miami 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 27 @ Portland 9:00 p.m.
Mar. 29 @ LA Lakers 9:30 v
Apr. 1 vs Chicago 12:00 p.m.
Apr. 2 vs Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Apr. 4 @ Miami 7:00 p.m.
Will your company finish first at the Red Earth Run Challenge?
Enter your company to win the Red Earth Run Challenge Cup on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 8 a.m. The Red Earth Run features a 10k, 5k and 1-mile Fun Walk at Regatta Park on downtown Oklahoma City’s River Trails.
The 2012 race offers the first Red Earth Challenge Cup. The organization to get the best overall time will receive a prestigious traveling trophy.
To register your company or yourself or for more information, visit RedEarth.com.
100 turn-of-the-century photos on display at [Artspace] at Untitled
Currently on view at [Artspace] at Untitled is an unprecedented exhibition of nearly 100 photographic prints from the turn of the century to the present. Thematically inspired by the seminal exhibit The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, Reconsidering The Family of Man draws upon the extensive archives of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) as well as that of the Oklahoma Arts Institute’s photographic collection, both of which are housed at the [Photographic Resource Center] at Untitled.
Like the original exhibit, the central theme for this show illustrates the commonalities that all human beings share such as love, family, birth, and death. We believe our approach also illustrates the development of photography, both technically and artistically, post 1955, the date of the original The Family of Man exhibition. It is the job of the audience to decide how earlier or later work may aesthetically compare.
As a complementary exhibition, Untitled has on view a selection of prints from photographer Todd Stewart’s series, The Garden. Comprised of large format digital pigment prints, this body of work represents what Stewart calls, “quiet instances of discovery and revelation.” Jon Burris, Executive Director at Untitled states, “Todd’s photographs are stunningly beautiful, exquisitely realized images of his children in a state of exploring the natural world. They also define the utmost achievement of a photographer utilizing state of the art digital processes in this constantly evolving medium.” Stewart is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History and has shown his work in numerous national and international exhibitions over the past ten years.
Rounding out the program is The 1940’s, the third exhibit in the continuing series Decade by Decade: Works from the PSA Collection.
Throughout the four months the exhibition is on view, Untitled will present lectures, workshops, and Saturday seminars on a wide range of photographic topics. View the [Artspace] at Untitled website for details.
March of Dimes hosts Annual Sports Headliner Awards Banquet
The late sportswriter Wally Wallis initiated the inaugural Sports Headliner Banquet back in 1966. After a brief hiatus in the mid 70’s, John Brooks resurrected the event as a March of Dimes benefit. Since then, the event has expanded into quite the affair, honoring all deserving athletes, coaches and teams.
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency with the mission of improving the health of babies, by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The March of Dimes benefit takes place tonight at the Cox Convention Center and combines honoring successful athletes who have well-represented Oklahoma, while enlightening guests on all the ways the organization changes lives each day.
For more information about the event, visit the March of Dimes website.