All Access Arts Summer Highlights
August 10, 2017 by Nick Caudle
Creativity doesn’t slow down for summer, and neither does All Access Arts. Thanks to a strong mix of community partners, talented performers, and a some of the best teaching artists around, our summer initiatives were able to bring arts experiences to over 25 locations in and around the Oklahoma City area. In addition to reach and variety of art classes and performances, it was all provided to the community with no cost to families.
In partnership with the Metropolitan Library System, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oklahoma Arts council, Neighborhood Arts provided live entertainment at over 140 performances, spread over 19 library locations. Booking some of the most talented local artists around, this summer’s schedule had local favorites like Sugar Free Allstars, OKC Improv, and Adam & Kizzie spreading family friendly fun all over the metro. Reaching thousands of kids and families each summer, Neighborhood Arts is always a safe bet for a great show in a cool library.
Working with Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation, Arts in the Parks provided a variety of art classes to community and recreation centers around Oklahoma City. Taught by qualified teaching artists hired by Arts Council Oklahoma City, children had the chance to experience working with clay, creating tangrams, as well as work on their drawing and painting skills. When they got tired of the same old sports and games, the kids were happy to have a chance to express their creativity under the direction of a professional:
“Just wanted to let you know, [teaching artist] Kerri has done a great job with our kids, they enjoyed all the different art projects that she presented to them. Hope we can continue our partnership with the Arts council Oklahoma City, thanks to all of you guys for what you do for the communities in the metro.”
-Alonzo Brown, Assistant Supervisor, Schilling Recreation Center