• Cathy O’Connor

Oklahoma City’s rite of spring


It’s the end of April and you know what that means: It’s time for our city’s own particular “rite of spring” – the annual Festival of the Arts. The six-day event takes place downtown at Bicentennial Park and is a sensory feast of visual, performing and culinary arts.

There are the mainstays that we all look forward to each year: artwork by some of the nation’s finest artists, stages packed with a variety of performances, and the food. Whether it is Strawberries Newport, sushi rolls or something in between, there is something for everyone among the 31 food vendors. The festival also brings in new art experiences, such as Sculpture Park, which showcases sculptures using a wide range of materials.

The event is a source of pride and economic impact for Oklahoma City. It is considered one of the largest and most successful festivals in the country, bringing nearly 750,000 people downtown and adding $28 million to our economy.

The Festival of the Arts is also a source of pride for its long-term benefits to Oklahoma City. It provides interesting art experiences that are free or low-cost and accessible to all. The art opportunities for young children, such as the Children’s Art Field and Children’s Art Mart, inspire imagination and a love for creative expression. Studies show that art integration leads to better outcomes, both academically and as citizens.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

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