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2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference

"Embracing the Dawn"

2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference
"Embracing the Dawn"
October 27-29

The Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to announce "Embracing the Dawn" as the theme of the 2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference, scheduled to take place in Muskogee, October 27-29. Registration will open in late August.

Projecting hopefulness amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme highlights what attendees can expect to experience during the fall event, which is presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council in partnership with Oklahomans for the Arts. The Muskogee Depot District will be the center of conference activities for artists, nonprofit administrators, community developers, educators, and others who attend.

Across the nation, arts and cultural organizations and artists have been among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Reflecting the resiliency and optimism embodied in the creative spirit of the arts, "Embracing the Dawn" is inspired in part by the poetry of Oklahoma's Joy Harjo (Muscogee), the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Additional details about the conference will be announced soon, with registration opening later in August.
About the Oklahoma Arts Conference
An Oklahoma Arts Council program, the Oklahoma Arts Conference brings together hundreds of artists, nonprofit administrators, community developers, civic leaders, educators, students, and others from across the state in one location for two-plus days of professional development and networking. Conference sessions feature nationally recognized industry experts who address current trends and topics in artist career development, nonprofit management, and community development through the arts. Sessions also feature local presenters and panelists highlighting successful models in Oklahoma. Conference activities include networking events, performances, and tours of community arts and cultural spaces. More information about the Oklahoma Arts Conference is available at

For more information contact our Assistant Director.