Top 5 Art Moves Performances

February 22, 2017

Since Art Moves, the ACOKC program that provides daily arts performances in Downtown OKC, is in it’s 5th year, this week’s Mosaic 50 post pays tribute to some it’s best artists.  We asked Art Moves Director, Evan Crowley, and Art Moves Assistant, Corey Ray for their picks–this is the result!

Evan Crowley, Art Moves Director


Mike Dillon w/ Earl Harvin at the ACM@UCO songwriting room
Two legendary percussionists together in one room, Earl has played for Air, Seal, and Jeff Beck while Mike has performed for Ani DiFranco, and Les Claypool. Matt Hoffman even showed up to this one!


Wayne McEvilly, classical piano improvisations over SERImages projections
Any long-time Art Moves fan would remember Wayne for his insightful and amazing performances based around different composers. This particular event featured Wayne on piano and then local artist, SER in the OKC Museum of Art Theater. It was quite an experience to see art and music merge real time on a huge screen in a wonderful venue.


SHEL at the ACM@UCO songwriting room
Ft. Collins based SHEL are quite the talented quartet. These sisters have toured all over the country and were discovered by one of Elvis’ producers. After their commanding performance they did a workshop on songwriting and the creative process, asking to hear from other musicians and artists in the room about their own experiences in creativity.


Joun Sung, weaving demo at First National Center
Joun traveled all the way from Korea to visit her daughter who was attending courses at a local college here in town. While she was here, she brought her works downtown, showcasing how to weave tiny brooms, baskets, trees, and other amazing creations.


Stuart Asprey, ceramics demo at OKCMOA
Beyond his talents with ceramics, Stuart is a great teacher. During this Art Moves a large crowd of children showed up to watch his demo. He engaged them and asked them for help to make something very creative. The kids were so inspired, they stayed engaged the entire time! Watching their young minds at work was a treat and exciting to see Stuart make a connection with all of them.

Corey Ray, Art Moves Assistant 

11.4.15 Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon at ACM@UCO

Not only was it exciting to have Mike Dillon back for this event, It was at a great venue with a great sound system and an awesome response from the ACM Students!

7.26.16 Kerri Shadid

Kerri Shadid at the Myriad Gardens (Marbling)

This AM turned out excellent because there was just the right group of youngsters in the park that day. Many of them were inspired by Kerri’s Marbling demonstration as they had not been exposed to that type of thing before.

Bob Palmer at Devon

Bobs demonstrations are always great. This time in particular many took the time to stop and discuss Bobs numerous landmark murals around the state!

Carter Sampson at City Rescue Mission

I may have a bias here as Carter is one of my favorite local singer/songwriters, but this performance particularly meant a lot to the ladies attending at City Rescue that day.

12.05.15 Harumph

Harumph at Penn Square Mall 

I love this group of musicians as well and having them perform for the large crowd at Penn Square Mall was just a win/win overall.

5.5.16 Mariachi Orgullo

Mariachi Orgullo de America at Leadership Square – This Cinco de Mayo performance this year was a party for everyone involved. It was also a highly successful AM Performance on a logistical end.

10.01.15 Patrick Riley and Bread and Butter Band

Bread and Butter Band at the Oklahoman

Most of our performances at the Oklahoman result in large crowds gathering to hear the music, this time David Bruster and company definitely made it worth their while. Brusters selection of top bluegrass and folk tunes make him a favorite around town.

Momentum Artist wrap up at the Farmers Market

One of the first AM I was ever a part of. This time artists from the show gave us exclusive insight into their pieces for the show, and that year was particularly great.

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