The Norman Arts Council is committed to enriching the Norman community by stimulating artistic, cultural and economic growth through the support and promotion of the arts. As a leader of the arts in Norman, they are also committed to fostering an inclusive arts community that encourages participation and engagement from any and all that would like to take part.
With that aim in mind, the Norman Arts Council is presenting A Forum for Diversity in the Arts, a free event held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 12 at the new SCRATCH Annex located at 428 E. Main, Norman.
“We have made great strides in fostering and providing high quality programming, and we now realize it is time to expand our efforts to encourage inclusion from a wider spectrum of our society, for the benefit of all” said Nicole Poole, a Norman Arts Council board member and organizer of the forum. “Norman is a unique city, and we pride ourselves on our civic innovation, passionate community and access to extraordinary minds. It is also home to an incredibly diverse society, rich with creative energy that we have yet to discover.”
The discussion will be led by moderator Nathan Lee, a successful artist who also acts as executive director of Inclusion in Art, an Oklahoma City-based organization dedicated to advancing racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community. Panelists include Suzanne Thomas, an artist, arts educator and past president of Inclusion In Art; Norman artist Skip Hill; Plaza Mayor Marketing Manager and musician Robert Ruiz; and visual artist Tom Farris.
The panel conversation will enable attendees to hear new perspectives and discuss how the Norman Arts Council can foster the next wave of talent and fresh narratives that will enrich the quality of life of us all.
There will be free food and drinks provided, along with a variety of performances taking place throughout the event and work from a talented collection of artists on display.