Conversations that take place around the dinner table are often some of the most memorable, thought-provoking, and constructive discussions we can have. One of the reasons we gather together in cafes, at coffee shops, in our homes, and for banquets is to reap the benefits of the table talk conversations that can bond family, friends, and neighbors for life.
During this unprecedented time, amid a global pandemic, we are all finding new ways and new reasons to come together, even if this looks different than before. As our state's arts and cultural community is not yet able to convene in one location to visit with friends old and new, the Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to announce the launch of Table Talks, a series of conversations centered on various themes in the arts.
Beginning Thursday, October 1, the Oklahoma Arts Council will provide the online venue (Zoom) for Table Talks, helping to facilitate authentic conversation while also encouraging discussions to emerge organically. Table Talks are each 90 minutes in length. Breakout sessions and live interactive polls may allow for further engagement.
Table Talks are open to anyone who is interested in participating. They are a perfect forum for exchanging ideas, seeking help with specific problems, learning what peers are doing to navigate the pandemic, offering expertise on a particular issue, and more. The opportunity to see friends from across the state might just be the best reason to participate in a Table Talk.
Table Talks are free and open to all individuals, but registration is required. There is no limit to the number of Table Talks in which one can participate.
For Table Talks, bring your snacks, decorate (or download) your Zoom background, and feel free to show off your children and pets. Your presence at the table is what matters most as we look forward to seeing and talking with friends in the arts from across the state.
Table Talks: Timely Conversations With Oklahoma's Arts Community (2020)
Thursday, October 1, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Museums, Galleries, and Performing Arts Centers
Monday, October 5, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Community Development and Cultural Districts
Tuesday, October 6, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Music and Festivals
Wednesday, October 7, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Theatre and Dance
Thursday, October 8, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. – Arts Education and Arts Learning
Monday, October 12, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Arts Councils and Arts Service Organizations
Wednesday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Arts Leaders
Questions about Table Talks may be directed to Joel Gavin, director of marketing and communications, at email@example.com or (405) 521-2037.