OKC VeloCity | Take a look inside the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Take a look inside the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

By Molly Fleming / Lifestyle / April 20, 2020

On March 11, the night of the last Oklahoma City Thunder game, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center was preparing for a weekend of grand opening festivities, when the city suddenly seemed to shut down. The Contemporary staff made the difficult decision to postpone the celebrations and the staff left the new building, heading home to work.

 The Contemporary team has been keeping people excited about the new space on its blog, New Light, which features #AtHomeArt projects for all ages, the #Illuminations video series, artist spotlights, #FridayFilms, deep dives into the inaugural exhibitions, slow TV and more. The Contemporary is live-streaming artist studio visits on Instagram, sharing resources and highlighting local organizations on Facebook. On Twitter,the Contemporary is posting meaningful reads and industry news, and along with the rest of the country, the staff is mooning over Tim at #HashtagTheCowboy. 

"Our creative-while-quarantined content is meant to give our community a way to explore contemporary art, ideas and talents from the comfort of your couch," said Lori Brooks, communications director at the Contemporary. "If you’re not already reading, watching and doing, you’re missing out."

For National Poetry Month, the Contemporary is connecting audiences with a #PoemADay, collaborating with Quraysh Ali Lansana to create a crowd-sourced poem, providing insight into a poet’s creative process and sharing fun, poetry-inspired art activities.

While the Contemporary's new building is unoccupied, it's still making headlines for its design and the organization's new plans. When you take a look inside the new building, you can see why it's caught the attention of the art world and architecture publications. 

 Someone passes the coffee bar in the Contemporary's lobby. 

Someone passes through the lobby. 


The early childhood area will feature hands-on experiences for the youngest artists. 

In the building behind the Contemporary, a remodeled warehouse building will be the site of dozens of art classes, including pottery. Students can each sit a pottery wheel to perfect their technique. 

Classes will also be offered on the new looms. 

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