Oklahoma Contemporary

Media Release

Oklahoma Contemporary receives $10,000 grant from Oklahoma Humanities

May 31, 2023


Contact: Lori Brooks | 405 951 0000 | lbrooks@okcontemp.org

Grant will fund Learning Gallery accompanying ArtNow: The Soul Is a Wanderer exhibition

Oklahoma Contemporary is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from Oklahoma Humanities. The grant will be used to assist in funding the Learning Gallery accompanying the ArtNow: The Soul Is a Wanderer exhibition, which will allow Oklahoma Contemporary to provide access to, and resources for, the humanities in our community.

The Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum Learning Gallery invites visitors of all ages to learn more about the art on view and make meaningful connections with contemporary art through activities inspired by and related to exhibitions and installations. Projects and activities in the ArtNow Learning Gallery will include a radical drawing project, an interactive prompt asking visitors to consider what they will leave behind to impact the world and a listening space where visitors can listen to Joy Harjo read her poem, A Map to the Next World. Harjo’s poem serves as the inspiration for the exhibition.

At the new, state-of-the-art Oklahoma Contemporary, visitors explore art and creativity through exhibitions, performances and a wide variety of educational programs. At its core, the multidisciplinary contemporary arts organization is an inclusive space. Exhibitions and most programs are free.

“Oklahoma Contemporary is thankful for this grant support from Oklahoma Humanities for ArtNow: The Soul Is a Wanderer Learning Gallery,” says Chief Development Officer Trent Riley. “ArtNow: The Soul Is a Wanderer takes its title from a line in the poem A Map to the Next World by United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Funding provided from Oklahoma Humanities enables Oklahoma Contemporary to provide an immersive experience in its Learning Gallery that explores the intersection between art, history, and culture through a critical examination of Harjo’s poem A Map to the Next World.”

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understanding new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life through humanities disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH provides a free educational magazine, Smithsonian Institution exhibits, reading and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. OH engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.


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