NORMAN — The third annual Luncheon on the Grass event featuring a picnic, art activities and the unveiling of two new pieces of public art will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lions Park, 450 S Flood Ave.
Participants should bring their own food and drinks, but free snow cones will be provided.
The event is a collaboration of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center and the Norman Arts Council.
In conjunction with this year's event, the Performing Arts Studio will kick off its Summer Breeze concert series with a performance at 7 p.m. by Brave Combo.
The Norman Public Arts Board will unveil two duck statues at 6 p.m. Based on a design by Douglas Shaw Elder, the two 4-foot ducks have been created by artists Chris McDaniel, Christian Pitt and Joshua Pitt. Both ducks have been painted with Oklahoma themes.
After the unveiling, the ducks will be installed at the city's two splash pads, one at Andrews Park and the other at Colonial Estates Park.
To help celebrate the public art dedication, the Public Arts Board will give away rubber ducks to the first 100 children who submit their own completed designs of a “ducky” drawing, which will be distributed in Norman Public Schools' “Thursday” folders.
Of the designs submitted, two names will be selected to win miniature replicas of the duck statue at the Firehouse Art Center, an original piece of art done by Elder, which was the inspiration for commissioning other duck sculptures for the splash pads. Elder is the Firehouse Art Center's executive director.
The collaborating organizations will provide hands-on art activities for children, including an opportunity to paint ducks on the children's art wall. The Jacobson House will provide traditional Indian flute music, storytelling, powwow singers and drummers, as well as a traditional tepee erected in the park for visitors.
Immediately following the event, Brave Combo will take to the stage to perform the season's first Summer Breeze concert. The concert is free.