Sooner Theatre takes Norman Into The Woods

Posted on July 27th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Almost forty teens are spending a month of their summer delving into the intricate rhythms and lyrics that are classically Sondheim in this epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. INTO THE WOODS, featuring students entering 9th grade through 2016 high school seniors, runs July 28-31.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

“Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods is one of the more brilliant and substantive books in the musical theater canon. It brings to light, through the creative form of a fairy tale fantasy, that our real world is never truly black or white. Our world is complicated, and … Read More »

Norman Arts Council Seeks Artists for Norman, Clermont-Ferrand, France Art Exchange

Posted on July 22nd, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Cultural Connections: Norman in Clermont-Ferrand, France RFP

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Project Description: 

Cultural Connections brings together the sister cities of Norman, OK and Clermont-Ferrand, France through a cultural exchange of artists, their work, and exhibits in both cities. Through mini-residencies, Norman artists will create installations in a restored chapel in the heart of city center of Clermont-Ferrand in May 2017 and Clermont-Ferrand artists will create installations in MAINSITE Contemporary Art for exhibit in October/November 2017. Through this exchange the cultural similarities and diversities of these sister cities can be explored and shared with both communities.

The selected Norman artists will be working in studio spaces alongside three Clermont-Ferrand artists while in France. The exhibition space is next-door to the studio spaces.

The Norman Arts Council (NAC) is seeking proposals from qualified artists to be included in the Cultural Connections Exhibit in Clermont-Ferrand, France in May 2017. The NAC will select 3 artists for this unique and exciting exhibition opportunity.

Artist Eligibility

A selection panel will review proposals from qualified artists. Any artist wishing to apply must fit one of these descriptions to be qualified:

1.      Live in Norman, OK for at least the past 365 days OR

2.     Have exhibited at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the … Read More »

Panel Discussion to Highlight Experiences Abroad through Norman, Arezzo Art Exchange

Posted on July 11th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Norman Arts Council’s pilot year of Cultural Connections — an annual art exchange between Norman and one of its sister cities across the globe — is at a close with Norman artists having returned from a stay in Arezzo, Italy, setting up an exhibition that opened in late May and runs through July 28, 2016. The exhibit has brought hundreds of Arezzo locals and other international travelers face-to-face with Oklahoma art, months after an exhibit in Norman exposed thousands to contemporary Italian art.

“Our reception in Arezzo was more than we could have hoped for. Through a partnership with the University of Oklahoma in Arezzo, we were able to install our exhibit in a beautiful space built into the medieval wall of the city,” said Erinn Gavaghan, Norman Arts Council Executive Director and exhibit co-curator. “Students, faculty, and the Arezzo community made us feel incredibly welcome and our exhibit was very well received. It was wonderful to bring Norman art to a new place that those artists could have never imagined showing at before.”

To celebrate the successful exchange, Norman Arts Council is presenting a Cultural Connections: Norman in Arezzo Panel Discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at MAINSITE … Read More »

Norman Arts Council Announces Hire of Debby Williams to Manage Norman Forward Percent for Art Projects

Posted on July 6th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Norman Arts Council is pleased to announce the hire of Debby Williams as a contractor to manage the Norman Forward Percent for Art Projects that will spring across the city in the years ahead.

The citizen-initiated proposal Norman Forward — designed to renovate, expand, construct and fund Quality of Life projects across the city of Norman — was passed in fall 2015, and recreational facilities, libraries, sports complexes and improvements to local parks. The 1% for Art program was included in the proposal to ensure that the level of artwork funding would be commensurate with the size of the Norman Forward Project and that art would be part of the fabric of the project overall.

“In the next few years, the public art enhancing each project in Norman Forward will enrich the community with various types and styles of art,” said Larry Walker, chair of the Norman Public Arts Board. “Debby Williams brings with her a vast knowledge of public art projects. She is highly respected as a unique authority in the realm of public art.”

The City of Norman contracted with the Norman Arts Council to administer the Norman Forward 1% for Art Program, similar to the contract the NAC has with … Read More »