The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million residents and visitors to the Oklahoma City community.
Presented by Devon ∙ 27,000 Art Enthusiasts
Weekdays, Noon – 1:00 (unless otherwise noted)
Free Arts in Downtown Oklahoma City
Art Moves, presented by Devon, is the Arts Council of OKC’s newest initiative, offering hour-long lunchtime art events in Downtown OKC. The program has provided free music and theater performances, short film selections, and visual arts demonstrations each weekday at noon since October 2011. Art Moves showcases both local artists and member agencies in over 20 rotating venues including the new Devon Tower, Leadership Square, the OKC Museum of Art, and the Myriad Gardens. Events run Monday-Friday, noon-1:00 (unless otherwise noted), and are free and open to the public.
Community Arts Program
17,000 Budding Artists ∙ 12 Teaching Artists
The Community Arts Program, which first began in 1984, provides entirely free arts education opportunities to at-risk and underserved youth and adults throughout the greater metro area. The program is made up of Neighborhood Arts in conjunction with the Metropolitan Library System and Play in the Park, which partners with the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department, both bring educational performances and art instruction to thousands of children each summer. Arts After School offers high-quality, in-depth art classes during the academic year. Special Populations is an arts integration program that reaches children and adults with disabilities through teams of two or three teaching artists representing the performing and visual arts. Programs take place at schools and daily living centers. The Teen Advisory Council is the newest project of the Arts Council’s Community Arts Program. The TAC offers fun activities, informative speakers, and leadership opportunities for teens with an interest in the arts.
Festival of the Arts
750,000 Festival-goers ∙ 5,000 Volunteers
April 23-28, 2013
Downtown Oklahoma City
Founded in 1967, the inaugural festival was a small arts event created by the shared vision of community leaders. Today, this free event has grown into a nationally-recognized festival with 144 fine artists from across the country and the globe, entertainment on four stages, world-renowned street performers, international culinary art cuisine, and extensive programming for young people.
Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival
3,000 Participants ∙ 100 Volunteers
August 22-24, 2013
Oklahoma History Center
Rated by USA Today as "one of the best places in the country to hear (or tell) a good story," The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, formerly known as “WinterTales,” brings some of the nation's best storytellers to Oklahoma City where they teach, touch, and entertain through the art of storytelling. The event consists of evening performances and educational workshops that teach people to enhance their communication skills. In addition, special community outreach programs bring the tellers to our community to share their work with those who might otherwise not have access to the arts.
50,000 Revelers ∙ 500 Volunteers
December 31, 2013
Downtown Oklahoma City
Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and “open” the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety of choirs, bands, dance troupes, street performers, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. All of the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.
Out of the Box
40,000 Art Beneficiaries
Downtown OKC and Bricktown
Out of the Box productions was developed in 2003 to help cultivate new and creative street performance while familiarizing and delighting those in Downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown with the art form. This group of professionals and amateurs provides approximately 60 performances a year and brings the art of street performance to an estimated 40,000 people.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series
Presented by Devon ∙ 5,000 Music Lovers
June - August 2013
Myriad Botanical Gardens, Downtown Oklahoma City
Since 1980 our free concert series has offered an opportunity for the entire community to experience live performances in a free, family-oriented atmosphere each Sunday throughout the summer at the Downtown Myriad Botanical Gardens.