For nearly 30 years, Oklahoma Contemporary has fueled active engagement with art and creativity.
We inspire imaginations and discover talents in adults, children and families through:
- Free exhibitions and related programming
- Innovative programs, demos, workshops and talks
- Low-cost, high-quality art classes for adults and youth
Oklahoma Contemporary embraces all forms of art and creativity, advancing the power of collaboration to unlock creative energy. We are accessible and inclusive — we inspire civic pride, generate economic impact and change lives.
Poised to build on that legacy of changing lives, Oklahoma Contemporary is in the midst of building a spectacular new arts education and cultural resource on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway.
In addition to providing a world-class facility for exhibitions, performance and programs and a breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the new center will become a “creative commons,” a place for community to gather, create and experience art. Our Studio School will tell the stories behind the art of now and teach the skills to create what’s next.
Incorporating programming from our community partners, Oklahoma Contemporary will be a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds and offer the city an event space like no other.
Our audience and opportunities will only grow: Our new center is expected to draw up to 100,000 annual visitors after its opening in January 2020.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibitions, and performance.
We endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formed at the Fairgrounds in 1989 as City Arts Center by Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the community with quality, accessible and affordable arts programming and education. Through corporate funding and private donations, Oklahoma Contemporary is able to educate Oklahomans through adult classes and workshops, art camps and classes for local youth, art exhibitions, lectures and additional educational programming. Oklahoma Contemporary was the recipient of the first grant ever awarded by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and plays a key role in the development of Oklahoma City’s visual arts landscape.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.