On the Green: the cultural scene leaps to the beat | Lifestyles
The Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) will be in Muskogee next week to host its 2021 annual arts conference. Attendees from across the state will come to rejuvenate and recover from downtime during the pandemic.
This is not the first time that our community has offered a respite to guide us through troubled waters.
Following the September 11 tragedy, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) chose to conduct an induction ceremony in honor of Oklahoma musicians. We all felt the need to focus on something positive.
This time around, Muskogee venues, museums and the Depot District will celebrate the creative spirit of the arts, offering networks, shows, tours and culture-related events over three days.
Discussions will focus on the art of inclusion, the multicultural music we know and love, and stories of national and Muskogee action and projects that can give hope to communities.
Our artistic and cultural community has accomplished so much over the past decades. There is no doubt that today we are a showcase for others to learn from us and for us to continue our education on what is possible.
Let’s recap what we have been doing over the past few years.
There are continuous changes since the creation of the Three Rivers Museum, OMHOF and Muskogee Little Theater. These places multiply the exhibitions, host events and shows, demonstrating our rich cultural heritage.
We also celebrate the generosity and willingness of Muskogee leaders and citizens to scale up and support cultural evolution with money and volunteerism.
This year alone, Muskogee opened the new downtown Depot District and Depot Green areas to honor the importance of emerging rail traffic in the development of our community.
The Depot District had a successful first fall arts festival in September, and this is what caught the attention of OAC and prompted its members to visit this month.
Almost every week in Muskogee, music is played and artistic achievements are celebrated. Again, this is mostly happening in the Depot district, but also in popular community gathering places.
The Break Coffee Shop near Depot Green offers live music weekly. Recently Matthew Mannan had fun with his handcrafted guitars made from cigar boxes. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Speaking of creativity, Depot Green is the venue on October 23 for Muskogee’s Boo-nanza, which will offer carnival games for kids and costume judgments at 7 p.m. Discover The Break and Boo-nanza on Facebook.
October is almost over, but there are still more exciting events on the horizon.
The Muskogee Art Guild (MAG) invites the public and CAO guests to attend its annual exhibition, which is deemed open until October 29. Everyone gets a vote in the People’s Choice category at the exhibit. More details on the MAG Facebook page.
The cast for the upcoming performance of “A Christmas Story”, the musical, has been announced, and tickets are on sale for the final three shows of the season. Take a look at muskogeelittleheatre.com.
Research shows that artistic activities help develop the brain capacities of our children. Let’s also provide food for the brain by attending cultural experiences in our community.
Andrea Chancellor has over 20 years of journalism experience in newspapers and magazines, and 20 years in corporate public relations. She sits on the Depot District and Depot Green planning committee.