Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is more than 70 percent through a $26 million Capital Campaign to support a new arts campus at NW 11th and Broadway. Construction began in March.
For 29 years, Oklahoma Contemporary has fueled active engagement with art and creativity.
We’ve inspired imaginations and discovered talents in children, families and adults through:
- Free exhibitions, performances, events, workshops and lectures
- Low-cost, high-quality art classes for adults and youth
- Innovative camps for children and teens
At the Fairgrounds, in an antiquated building at a difficult location, Oklahoma Contemporary is bursting at the seams with exhibits, partners, classes and camps.
We must grow to keep pace with demand. We're building the state’s next cultural destination, a world-class contemporary arts center at NW 11th and Broadway.
This new permanent home in the Innovation District will be the first — and the premier — arts organization on a 6.1-acre site devoted to the arts and creativity.
In a more accessible location, Oklahoma Contemporary will more than triple program and class offerings for diverse audiences of all ages to meet the growing demand for arts and culture — and grow its audiences to about 100,000 by 2022.
We're starting to make the new site our home. Oklahoma Contemporary installed Terra, Orly Genger's knotted rope sculpture, in Campbell Park in October 2014. The Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary, made of four shipping containers, opened on the site in March 2015, and Cloud City graced Campbell Art Park in 2016. Construction began at the new site in March 2018. (Read more in the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and 405 Magazine and watch videos from FOX-25 and News 6.)
From its founding in 1989 as City Arts Center by Keesee and the late Marilyn Myers, the organization has been dedicated to keeping art accessible with free exhibitions and public programs, outreach to underserved communities and scholarships for youth in arts classes and camps. The new arts center will continue and grow these programs to become a cultural resource for our city, state and beyond.