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Oklahoma Arts Conference

2018 Oklahoma Arts Conference

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018Thursday, October 25, 2018Post-conference
Friday, October 26, 2018
9:00am - 3:45pm Oklahoma Arts and Military Summit II
Location: Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.
Room: Oklahoma City Museum of Art Auditorium
The summit is free to attend. To reserve a seat, please email

Geared towards both the military and arts communities, the Oklahoma Arts and Military Summit II will take place as a post-conference event. Featuring special guest speakers, group discussions, and a workshop, the summit will offer attendees the skills and knowledge to develop cross-sector collaborative programs that will bring meaningful arts learning opportunities to Oklahomans across the spectrum of military experiences. Please join us to learn more about expanding arts programming to uniquely meet the needs of the military community statewide.

Schedule for the Summit:

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Registration, Coffee and Networking

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. — Presentation of Colors and Opening Remarks
• Presentation of Colors — Putnam City West High School ROTC Students
• Welcome — Amber Sharples, OAC Executive Director
• Welcome — Major General Myles Deering, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, State of Oklahoma
• Review of Agenda — Jennifer Allen-Barron, OAC Arts Education Director

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Communicating the Human Experience of War — Through Art, Dr. Arthur DeGroat

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Panel: Arts/Community Partnerships Across the Military Continuum
• Troy Hill — (Veteran, Artist, Photographer)
• Sandra Oxford — (Office Manager, Tulsa Vet Center; Chair, Tulsa Mayor's Veterans Advisory Council)
• Dr. Barbara Scruggs — (Community Volunteer -- Red Cross, Coffee Bunker)
• Major Denise Zona — (Mental Health Flight Commander, Tinker Air Force Base)

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch on your own (maps provided)

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Performance: 395th Army Band

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions
• (Arts Sector) Military Culture 101 for Nonprofits, Rachel Mims, MS, ATR-BC, LPC-AT
• (Military Sector) Frottage Drawing: Translating Experience into Art, Douglas Shaw Elder and artists from the Firehouse Arts Center

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. — What’s Next? Action Steps and Take-Aways

3:45 p.m. — Adjourn
9:00am - 10:30am Public Art Bike Tour with Ride OKC
Location: TBD
Room: TBD
Hop on a bicycle and explore downtown Oklahoma City's vibrant public art scene! Sponsored by Downtown OKC, this tour will feature outdoor sculptures, murals, temporary art, and much more. For those needing an extra boost of energy, the tour will include stops at some of Oklahoma City's local coffee shops. Sign up at the conference registration table in 21c Museum and Hotel. This tour is limited to 15 people, and it will depart from the 21c Museum Hotel on Friday morning
9:30am - 12:00pm Artist & Management Partnerships: A Conversation with Scott Booker and JD McPherson
Location: ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave.
Room: ACM@UCO Songwriting Room
Presenters: Scott Booker - Presenter, JD McPherson - Presenter
Featuring Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@ UCO and Manager of the Flaming Lips, and JD McPherson, internationally acclaimed retro-rock star and native Oklahoman, this conversation will provide perspective from both the artistic and management sides of the music industry. The two will share insight on how Oklahoma musicians and arts leaders can connect with the state’s evolving music industry. This program will take place at the ACM@UCO Songwriting Room (First Floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. A light breakfast will be provided. Street and lot parking are available. RSVP at the conference registration table in the 21c Museum Hotel by Thursday, October 25.

This special event is presented by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

10:00am - 1:00pm Chickasaw Basket Making with Cotie Lancaster: A Traditional Arts Experience
Location: Exhibit C Gallery in Bricktown , 1. E. Sheridan Ave.
Room: Exhibit C Gallery in Bricktown
Presenters: Cotie Lancaster - Presenter
Join Cotie Lancaster to learn the art of Chickasaw Basket Making. This class is a beginner level round reed basket class and participants will learn the single wall technique. The class will take place at Exhibit C Gallery in Bricktown (located at 1. E. Sheridan Ave.), Friday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sign up and register at the conference registration desk in 21c Museum and Hotel by Thursday, October 25. The cost to participate in this session is $20 per person, which covers the cost of all supplies.
10:00am - 11:00am Walking Tour of Historic Film Row with Bradley Wynn
Location: TBD
Room: TBD
Presenters: Bradley Wynn
Take a walk through the historic Film Row district with author, historian, and history buff, Bradley Wynn and discover the dynamic history of Oklahoma City's authentic film exchange. Each tour is limited to 12 participants. Sign up at the conference registration table. The tour will depart from the lobby of the 21c Museum Hotel.

For more information contact our Assistant Director.