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Arts Council Oklahoma City (ACOKC) is searching for talented artists from the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community to participate in the Fresh Paint: OKC NYE Mural Project.

In partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Fresh Paint Mural Project will connect five local, BIPOC artists with prominent art mentors in the Oklahoma City area. Those artists will collaborate with the mentors to create an 8’ x 8’ mural. The muralist with the most public votes will be receive a prize. All muralists can keep their creations after they are complete. 

“ACOKC is honored to once again partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Fresh Paint Mural Project,” said Alyssa Flesher, ACOKC Projects Director. “Oklahoma City is overflowing with talented, young artists who are just waiting for an opportunity to take their work to the next level. We hope this project can open those doors and shine a light on the outstanding art created in our community.”

The competition is open to anyone in the Oklahoma City metro area between the ages of 18 – 25. All participants must be from the BIPOC community.

“OKC is wonderfully diverse and Fresh Paint is an opportunity to celebrate how truly unique we are as a community,” said Angela Cozby, ACOKC Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with the OKC Thunder to showcase the incredible work of local BIPOC artists whose artistic endeavors don’t represent a singular voice, but rather the beauty found in the diversity of our community.”

Work on the murals will be done at the Oklahoma City Farmers’ Market during the months of October and November. The murals will be on display in December. 

The application process is open through August 31 and all submissions must include at least three (3) examples of the artist’s work.

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