Native American murals to adorn Oklahoma City’s Sheridan Avenue underpass
OKLAHOMA CITY – Visitors to Bricktown soon will be immersed in Native American art as they enter Oklahoma City’s entertainment district. Officials with Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. today announced a partnership with the Chickasaw Nation for a public art project that will transform the Sheridan Avenue underpass.
“Art programs and other beautification efforts have long been welcome and appreciated in Oklahoma City, but the community as a whole is starting to realize that making our town more interesting also has a positive impact on the city’s image, economy, and walkability” said Jane Jenkins, President and CEO of Downtown OKC, Inc. “Our organization is hoping to spur more creativity by organizing and funding more art that is accessible to everyone.”
Program expands to include writers in second year of fellowship
TULSA – George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced they are expanding their national artist fellowship program—the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF)—during its second year to include writers. With the inaugural class of visual artists beginning their fellowships this month, the TAF is now accepting applications for 2017. Awarding up to 30 new fellowships totaling over $1 million in stipends, free housing and free workspace for the second cohort, the TAF will continue to enhance Tulsa, Oklahoma’s growing art scene.
“We are thrilled to expand our fellowship program to include writers,” said Stanton Doyle, senior program officer at George Kaiser Family Foundation. “With our inaugural class of 12 visual artists now living and working in Tulsa, we look forward to expanding our program in 2017. Moving forward, we hope to provide more artists the opportunity to fine tune their craft through the TAF across a variety of disciplines.”
Cherokee Nation citizens can apply until Feb. 15
TAHLEQUAH — Registration is now open for Cherokee Nation Foundation’s free ACT prep classes for high school juniors and seniors, who are Cherokee Nation citizens.
The classes begin the last week of February and conclude with the National ACT exam on April 9. Curriculum includes interactive instruction by a Princeton Review instructor and two practice tests. The six-week course is offered at Indian Capital Technology Center in Tahlequah and Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw. Class schedules are below: Tahlequah—Monday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Indian Capital Technology Center 240 Vo-Tech Dr. Tahlequah, OK 74464
Sallisaw—Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Carl Albert State College – Sallisaw Campus 1601 S. Opdyke St. Sallisaw, OK 74955
In previous years, students have increased their scores by an average of 3.5 points, and some individual scores have increased by as much as 10 points. Students interested in the course can pick up registration forms from their high school guidance counselors or call the foundation at 918-207-0950. Applications are also available online at www.cherokeenationfoundation.org. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 15.
OKLAHOMA CITY – One by one, as their names were called and a short summary of their life read, they stood to the applause of the assembled audience as a medallion was hung around their neck. Artists and educators, ministers and veterans, language preservationists and tribal leaders. Some were well-known, others have lived quiet lives of dignity. All were celebrated at the 7th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors held Oct. 6 in Oklahoma City.
“The common thread among these honorees is the wisdom and impact they have had on their tribes, family and community,” said AARP Oklahoma State President Joe Ann Vermillion. “Tonight, in this place, as Oklahoma tribes and nations join together in a spirit of harmony and peace, we reflect and give thanks for the lives they have lived and the innumerable ways they have passed on their legacies to future generations.”