OKLAHOMA CITY – Soon, downtown visitors and workers can enjoy workday lunchtime performances, demonstrations and conversations all for free, thanks to a new program produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

 

Today the Arts Council announced a new program titled Art Moves, presented by Devon Energy.  The program will allow the community access to free daily arts programming during the workweek lunch hour. Focusing on the downtown lunchtime hotspots, Art Moves will offer up a variety of performances, art demonstrations and discussions. 

 

On Monday, Oct. 3, the Art Moves program will kick off at Leadership Square at noon with mask artist Patrick Riley, who currently has an exhibit of works at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum in Shawnee. The demonstration will wrap up at 1pm. The October schedule is available on the Arts Council’s website, artscouncilokc.com.

 

“I’m incredibly excited about our new Art Moves program – it’s going to offer arts-related programming to 30,000 people working in downtown Oklahoma City every day at lunch,” said Peter Dolese, Executive Director for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. “This is a game changer, a real opportunity for downtown workers and visitors to get connected with the art scene in Oklahoma City without having to break out of their normal routines. We’ll catch them on their lunch break…giving them a daily dose of the arts! Our friends at Devon Energy are so generous to sponsor this program – we’re so thankful for their assistance.”

 

Art Moves has been developed to nurture the vibrant creative community currently flourishing in Oklahoma City. The program’s future is broad and hopeful, with plans to spread to Edmond, Norman and the outlying towns and cities.

 

“I’m thrilled to be involved in the creation and launch of this new program,” said Angela Hodgkinson, Art Moves Director.  “We are looking forward to connecting art, in its many forms, with the local downtown community on a daily basis – the scope of which has not been done before. The impact of this program will likely reach beyond our expectations and add yet another layer to the creative energy in our city.”

 

The Arts Council has more than 60 member agencies, all of whom are encouraged to participate in Art Moves, which will give those agencies the opportunity to connect with an audience otherwise not reachable.  Other artists or entities may apply to be featured by visiting the Arts Council website – applications will be accepted year-round.

 

“With this program, we’re able to connect the Oklahoma City Ballet with a businessman who might be sparked to buy tickets to their next show. Our member agencies and area artists are really going to make connections with a brand new audience,” said Dolese. “Art Moves is the absolute essence of our mission to bring the arts and the community together.”

 

For more information, visit www.artscouncilokc.com or call 405-270-4848.

 

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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. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and is an Allied Arts member agency. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, The Oklahoman, Ozarka Coffee and Water Service, and Sonic – America’s Drive-in. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.

Devon Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent energy company engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. Devon is committed to supporting community initiatives and takes great pride in making the community a better place to live. Devon has been an annual supporter of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City for many years, supporting the Festival of the Arts, Storytelling Festival, Sunday Twilight Concert Series and Opening Night.

 

Contact:  Emily Grober Trotter, Communications Director

405-270-4848 and after-hours 918-869-1528