A version of this story appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.
Art in the City to celebrate Oklahoma City’s cultural diversity
The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center hosts its second annual multicultural community festival Friday (today) through Sunday at Memorial Park and Spraygrounds.
The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center hosts its second annual multicultural community festival, Art in the City: A Cultural Connection, this weekend.
Art in the City celebrates Oklahoma’s cultural diversity by showcasing and sharing art, music, literature, dance, crafts and food representative of the state’s rich heritage. Set for Friday (today) through Sunday, the festivities will take place at Memorial Park and Spraygrounds, 1150 NW 36.
The event kicks-off at 5 p.m. Friday, with opening remarks from noted Oklahoma City educator and museum founding board member Thelma Parks. Admission to the festival is free.
“The Art in the City festival is a moment to come together, to celebrate art and humanity,” says festival coordinator and museum director Rosetta Funches, in a news release. “Creativity frees the spirit and helps us to express our experiences. This enables us to understand and connect with one another, which is critical to our community and to our existence.”
Art in the City entertainment will include local and regional musical acts, spoken word artists and dance troupes. Headliners Soulfruit will take the main stage at 7 p.m. Saturday. A nationally-known contemporary gospel trio, Soulfruit’s versatility has led them to perform with well-known gospel recording artists Edwin Hawkins, John P. Kee and Yolanda Adams; Christian jazz innovator Kirk Whalum; country artists such as Stella Parton and Gary Morris; and R&B legends The Bar-Kay’s and Howard Hewitt, to name a few. Soulfruit’s music exudes positivity – delivering a strong message of hope and joy, accented by colorful harmonies and energetic choreography.
The lineup also includes Chris Slagle and Yesterday’s Wine Band, Adam & Kizzie, Super Jay, Del City Jazz Orchestra, GBoxx Band, Lucky, M. Tim Blake and more.
A unique feature of this year’s festival is “Crossing Bloodlines,” an on-site photographic exhibit exploring the cultural identities of black Indians. “Crossing Bloodlines” is presented by the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Association and highlights the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw).
Additionally, Art in the City welcomes Sisters in Motion, a nonprofit initiative that motivates all Oklahomans to walk their way to better health.
Other highlights of the festival will be an oral history collection geared toward seniors and several crafts and public art projects for children.
For more information, go to www.obmapac.org.