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Oklahoma Arts Conference

2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference

Embracing the Dawn

October 27-29

Register on site
Muskogee Civic Center

The arts offer the first gleam of light in turbulent times for communities. More than a year into the unprecedented adversity of the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma's arts sector presses onward, with the resiliency Oklahomans have come to expect of us. Even in fleeting moments of hope, just before daybreak, our sector's spirit of ingenuity and resolve serves as inspiration for the people of our state.

This fall, at the 2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Muskogee, the arts community gathers to pause and recharge for the important work that lies ahead. The Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to announce the return of the cherished event that has benefited thousands of Oklahomans. Artists, nonprofit administrators, community developers, civic leaders, creative businesses, educators, and many others involved in the transformational work of the arts will once again convene for this special occasion.

Online registration for the 2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference has closed, but walk up registrations will be accommodated. Come to the registration desk at the Muskogee Civic Center to register.

About the theme
Projecting hopefulness amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, "Embracing the Dawn" highlights what attendees can expect to experience during the 2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference. The Muskogee Depot District will be the center of conference activities for artists, nonprofit administrators, community developers, civic leaders, creative businesses, 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/Creek), the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

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

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