All Access Arts

Providing Arts to Our Entire Community

Arts in Schools

The Arts in Schools initiative provides participatory arts enrichment to underserved children around Oklahoma City. Professional teaching artists in diverse disciplines are matched with a site; then the artist is “in residence” at the site.

Creative Aging

Arts education is beneficial at every age. Creative Aging connects professional teaching artists with senior living facilities to provide programming that reaches those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other physical and cognitive challenges.

Teen Arts Council

Explore your inner creativity, develop leadership skills, participate in workshops, and explore a variety of exhibits, performances, and installations around Oklahoma City and online. Next year's applications will open in August 2023.

Neighborhood Arts

In partnership with the MLS, this initiative provides free arts performances at 17 libraries across the metro. The whole family can attend and enjoy various types of performing arts at their local library during June and July.

Arts in the Park

In partnership with OKC Parks & Rec, this initiative provides free/low cost summer arts classes for children ages 6-12 in parks and recreation centers across the city. Kids can enjoy arts classes in painting, sculpture, print making, and more.

Video Lessons

Watercolor techniques getting a little dry? Acrylic paints feeling a little crusty?
Hitch kicks feeling like flea hops?
From fine arts to performing arts and everything in-between, our teaching artists have a lesson or two for everyone.

Past Programming Highlights

In 2016, 39 of 54 elementary Oklahoma City Public School lost arts programs. Six were left with no full time visual art or music teacher and many of these serve high poverty students, who stand to gain the most from art education’s benefits. The All Access Arts Committee of the ACOKC prioritized the highest need schools as part of a bridging strategy to focus community support where no arts education and/or community arts partners currently exists.

This temporary bridging strategy paired community arts organizations with these schools while the OKCPS district aligned their staffing levels to meet our collective goal for arts education access. ACOKC managed evaluation, contracting and finances, while community arts organizations gained capacity and new relationships with schools through the process. In addition, OKCPS gained expertise on art forms and community resources.