Since the early 1990s, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's Community Arts Program has provided Central Oklahoma’s need for high-quality arts education, arts therapy, and service learning opportunities in schools, city parks and libraries, and community organizations. The Community Arts Program is a highly collaborative project, reaching individuals across the age spectrum from pre-schoolers to seniors.
The Community Arts Program includes the following projects:
Arts After School provides underserved public schools and community agencies with professional teaching artists during after school hours. Twice a week during the fall and spring semesters, kids participate in arts education activities such as watercolor, origami, ceramics, dance and movement, and creative writing, among others.
Currently, the program operates in sites that include Oklahoma City Public Schools, the YMCA, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Boys and Girls Club. Program expansion is currently under way, with the goal of adding seven new school sites.
Teams of three to six artists teach people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities such as spinal bifida, autism, Down syndrom, and dementia. The Therapeutic Arts initiative enhances cognitive abilities and quality of life for these individuals, who often do no have arts programming created for their needs. Therapeutic Arts serves people ages 3 to 100.
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Library System, fun, interactive and educational performances take place in libraries across the metro througout the summer. Music and theater experiences through Neighborhood Arts support reading and literacy.
Play in the Park, a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, provides summer arts programs for children in parks and recreation centers across the city. Kids enjoy sports and outdoor activities as well as hands-on, interactive arts classes including drama, music, printmaking, storytelling, and dance.
The Teen Advisory Council provides service learning opportunities to teens interested in the arts. Members participate in art and leadership activities, visit art exhibits around the city, meet with local artists, and host their own exhibit. Students ages 14-18 are encouraged to join in the vrbrant arts community.
To find out more about the Community Arts Program, contact the Arts Council of Oklahoma City at (405) 270-4848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Community Arts Program is made possible with the assistance of Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.