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2021 Oklahoma Arts Conference

Embracing the Dawn

Vanessa Morrison
Vanessa Morrison is a planner and community development professional who is dedicated to empowering her community. After receiving her master’s degree in Regional City Planning with an emphasis in Community and Economic Development, Morrison’s professional and academic opportunities have led her to design and lead approaches in addressing inequity challenges and creating solutions for marginalized groups, consult community projects both domestically and internationally, collaborate on initiatives, and activate both spatial and social environments.

Vanessa Morrison's Schedule
Creative Placemaking in the Muskogee Depot District Part 1
Date: Friday – October, 29 2021 Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Room: Pavilion
This University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) workshop will bridge together local and visiting conference attendees through an immersive experience of historic exploration, community storytelling, and a reimagining of the present and future of Depot Green. The first session will kick off with attendees learning about the Depot Green’s historic legacy and its connection to existing assets through a community-led walking tour. Next, attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear stories from residents and learn more about their connections to these spaces. IQC is the community engagement program of the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. IQC partners with students and communities across the state to address local challenges related to the built environment. Learn more at icq.ou.edu.

Creative Placemaking in Muskogee Depot District Part 2
Date: Friday – October, 29 2021 Time: 10:45am - 11:45am
Room: Pavilion
This University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) workshop will bridge together local and visiting conference attendees through an immersive experience of historic exploration, community storytelling, and reimagining the present and future of Depot Green. This second session will be a collaborative, small group design activity to imagine how cultural connections and assets can be utilized as tools to design the future of the Depot Green. The IQC is the community engagement program of the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. IQC partners with students and communities across the state to address local challenges related to the built environment. Learn more at icq.ou.edu.

Silver Linings: Tough Times Call for Innovation
Date: Friday – October, 29 2021 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: Theatre
While many arts and cultural organizations across the country were forced to suspend audience-based events and programs, many arts leaders leveraged creativity to reimagine what was possible during a time of limitations. Hear about how BlackSpace Oklahoma, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame triumphantly pivoted their work to successfully offer joyful arts experiences during a time when so many events were canceled.

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