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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This School Rocks

University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music in Bricktown brings the noise – along with all the classes, studying and socializing more typical of college. A one-of-a-kind operation on this side of the world, the ACM@UCO is dedicated to music and training students in all aspects of the music business, and is affiliated with the original ACM in the UK. Bachelor’s- or associate’s-degree-track students can learn about production and business as well as performance.


via @acmuco Instagram

Things get turned up to 11 when master classes are taught by the likes of Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey, Ben Folds, John Oates, and Ted Dwane & Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, for starters. You can check out ACM@UCO’s students at work at shows and events throughout the year, as well as at select shows at the ACM@UCO performance lab.

college, concerts, education, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Be an Artist

You too can get clay under your fingernails or paint a masterpiece. Tons of great studio art classes and workshops are available every week. Here’s a few of our favorite spots in Oklahoma City to learn to make art:

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center:
Check out the classes and workshops for all ages, known for amazing ceramics studio, excellent fiber program and respected kid camps. Don’t miss their wine and wheel classes for a fun night of sipping and creating.
3000 General Pershing Blvd, 405-951-0000.
www.oklahomacontemporary.org

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain:
OK, it’s not in OKC, but the Fall Arts Institute offers amazing advanced courses for educators and artists in a gorgeous Oklahoma location. This program is truly unmatched in our region.
405-605-7500
www.oaiquartz.org

Oklahoma City Museum of Art:
The Museum School offers studio classes from one-time to series for students from toddlers to seniors.
415 Couch Dr., 405-236-3100
www.okcmoa.com

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition:
Want to get serious about being an artist? The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) helps artists realize their potential through education, funding and exposure. Go to one of OVAC’s Business of Art workshops, exhibitions or at least sign up for the mailing list.
730 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 104, 405-879-2400
www.ovac-ok.org

Blue Sage Studios:
Glass blowing classes (yes, literally making hot glass!).
1218-C N Western, 405-601-2583
www.bluesagestudios.com

A Jeweler's Art:
Learn to make your own jewelry in a super friendly atmosphere.
2924 Paseo Drive, 405-557-1866
www.ajewelersart.com

[Photos provided by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art]

arts and culture, education, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

An Ode to the Oldies

Oklahoma City is relatively new in comparison to some other states and certainly other parts of the world, but that doesn’t mean we lack history. Here’s a quick look at some of places in Greater Oklahoma City that claim the title of “oldest” in their given category.

 

[Photo from BC Clark]

arts and culture, education, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year, New You

It’s almost 2014. Do you know what that means? It means there’s still time for you to get your New Year’s resolutions mapped out and stick to them for a full 365 days.

Resolution: Save money
If saving money is at the top of your list this year, you’ve definitely come to the right place. When it comes to cost of living, OKC consistently ranks low – as in we have one of the lowest costs of living out there. So lucky for you, OKC gives you the perfect opportunity to live it up for less.

So let’s all start the year on the right financial foot. Grab a pen and paper (or, if you’re like us, make a handy-dandy spreadsheet) and work up a budget with a fantastic plan that balances both fun and savings. There are tons of online budget tools available out there on the world wide web if you need a little assistance getting a good plan going. Then stick to it.

Resolution: Volunteer to help others
Oklahoma City is famous for its friendly people and vibrant community spirit. That spirit resonates throughout the year as OKC’ers rack up nearly millions upon millions of volunteer hours. During 2012, OKC ranked No. 21 of the 51 largest metro areas in terms of number of residents who volunteer. It’s no wonder – OKC has so many great groups around town that could benefit from your time.

Wondering where you can help? We suggest you check out the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Also, many of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s members are non-profits. So check out the Member Directory to find one you can help!

Resolution: Go back to school
Did you know that there are 18 colleges and universities and two community colleges in the OKC metro area? It’s true. Maybe you’re looking to finish your degree; or pick up some new skills; or just keep your brain sharp. No matter what your goals are, there are incredible education choices at your fingertips in Greater Oklahoma City.

Work downtown and want to take some classes? Check out the OKC Downtown College. This consortium of five colleges and universities offers convenient classes whether you’re looking to pursue a college degree, improve professional skills or just take a fun class.

Resolution: Take a trip
Everyone needs a vacation every once in awhile. But no one said you have to travel to Timbuktu to get away from it all. If you’re looking to stick with two resolutions in one (save money AND take a trip), we suggest a lovely staycation. Get some help planning something spectacular and relaxing with VisitOKC.com. This fantastic tool has great suggestions for things to do, places to stay, where to eat and more. Who knows – you might just discover a hidden gem right in your own backyard.

Resolution: Reduce, reuse and recycle
Looking to be a little greener in 2014? The City of Oklahoma City makes being a good environmental steward easy and convenient with weekly curbside recycling. Just get a little blue recycling bin, fill it with your permitted recyclables and leave it out the same morning as your regular trash service.

You can also try your hand at composting. We did a post on this fantastic green act so check it out and get started!

But being green goes beyond recycling bottles and cans. With an influx of Christmas gifts, there are likely things around your house you are ready to part with to make room for the new loot – but what’s the green way to “dispose” of those? Well, for starters, don’t put them in the garbage if you think someone else might want them. For instance, unwanted books (and periodicals, videos, cassettes and CDs), can be donated to the Metropolitan Library System. All you have to do is drop them off at any of the MLS’ 18 libraries. Your donation is even tax-deductible! If there are other housewares or furniture that are cramping your style, consider having a garage sale or donating those items to an organization like Goodwill.

arts and culture, community, education, gardening, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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