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2023 Oklahoma Arts Conference

Things to Know

Main Conference Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Ft. Sill

135 NW 2nd Street

Lawton, OK 73501

Ample and ADA accessible parking are available at no cost.

Registration and Headquarters:

The Registration Desk is located in the lobby area of the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Conference guests may enter through the north doors of the Hilton Conference Center or through the west doors of the hotel entrance.

Registration will be open during the following times:

Wednesday, October 18: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Conference participants will receive a name badge and conference materials when they check in at the registration desk. All guests must wear their conference name badge to enter the conference sessions and special events.

Online registration has closed, however we can still accept a limited number of walk-up registrations. Those still interested in attending can send an email to

Resource Tables: Resource tables will be in the Hilton Garden Inn conference lobby. Conference attendees are encouraged to bring printed materials and brochures to place on the tables. All materials not picked up at the end of the conference will be discarded.

Big Unifying Fellowship of Fine Arts in Lawton, Oklahoma (BUFFALO): An Interactive Activity -- Hilton Conference Lobby Area, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday

Led by Lawton artist and arts educator, Scott Smith, this interactive activity is a collaboration in collage arts. The final product will be a mosaic bison in the style of Gustav Klimt. Stop by the Interactive Art Activity tables in the conference center lobby to take part in this large scale creative project. Materials and supplies are provided...all you need is a willingness to roll up your sleeves and have fun!

Artist Engagement Space - New this Year!

Stop by the Artist Engagement Space (located in Bison Room A) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday to visit with local artists who will be demonstrating and displaying their respective art forms, including: mosaic, costumes made from live plants, beadwork, storytelling, and painting. Conference guests are invited to stop in to visit and engage with the artists to learn more about their work and process. The featured artists will be participating in short artist talks at the following scheduled times throughout the conference:

10:15 a.m. - Shamika Verdejo: costumes made from live plants
3:15 p.m. - LaVerna Capes, Neila Holder, and Jame Lyn Hamilton: beading

10:15 a.m. - Jenny Perry, mosaics
1:45 p.m. - Wallace Charles Moore, Sr.: storytelling and cowboy poetry
3:15 p.m. - Jennifer Reeder, beading

ARPA Information Station
From 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, attendees can stop by the ARPA Information Station located in the Conference Center lobby to get one-on-one guidance on the ARPA grant guidelines and requirements. Staff members from Oklahoma Arts Council, Allied Arts OKC, and Arts Alliance Tulsa will be there to answer your questions. Participants will also be able to sign up for “office hours” to get further assistance.

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For more information contact our Director of Rural and Creative Community Outreach.