As museums work to appeal to constituents, regardless of political affiliation, in an increasingly polarized political moment, the Oklahoma Contemporary offers a case study in retaining institutional convictions while remaining welcoming and approachable.
Oklahoma City hasn’t registered on many people’s radars the way [David] Holt—the Republican mayor and former board president of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park—would like. The city that birthed the Flaming Lips used to be the blue-collar step-sibling to more sophisticated Tulsa, but has since outpaced its northern neighbor’s arts offerings.
“Our first challenge is that they don’t think of us at all, and then if you force them to think of us, they may have silly images of the Wild West, the musical, college football, or something,” Holt said.
That’s why the stakes are high for
Oklahoma Contemporary, a 53,916-square-foot, custom-built space that
sits on 4.5 acres and includes a dance studio, classrooms, studios for
ceramic and fiber artists, and 8,000 square feet of gallery space.
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