Plaza Walls Mural Expo

The first event of its kind for Oklahoma City, the Plaza Walls project hosts the Inaugural Plaza Walls Mural Expo, which will debut 20 new murals by 20 artists at 1708 North Indiana Avenue during the 18th annual Plaza District Festival, Saturday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Festival is located on the 1700 block of Sixteenth Street, between Indiana and Blackwelder, and celebrates all things local, with 35 local artist booths, two music stages, nine popular food trucks, and a dedicated Children’s area. 

The 20 spray-paint enthusiasts of Plaza Walls will begin painting the week of September 18 and will debut 5,200 square feet of brand new murals on Saturday, September 24, during the Plaza District Festival. The public is encouraged to walk through the Plaza Walls alley, with entrances on Sixteenth Street and Indiana Avenue. In addition to live painting, the alley will host live music and the Plaza Walls Mural Expo Artist Booth, which will sell art and exclusive merchandise by participating Mural Expo artists. 

Artists were selected for exceptional talent and the ability to paint large murals. The confirmed artists are: Jake Beeson, Dylan Bradway, Denise Duong, Yatika Fields, Tanner Frady, Chris Foxworth, Steven Grounds, Joxxen, Kris Kanaly, Holey Kids, Jason Pawley, Tessa Raven, Wiley Robertson, Chris Sker, Ashley Smith, Cassie Stover, Sean Vali, Jake Vega, Aaron Whisner, and Zuawe. 

In addition to the Mural Expo’s 5,200 square feet of new art, the 54-foot wall on the East side of Indiana Avenue will feature the art of Jason Pawley, a local artistic legend. Pawley’s Indiana mural will be on display from September 9 to September 24. The morning of the Plaza District Festival, he will make live additions to his Indiana mural as a Plaza Walls Mural Expo participating artist. Festival attendees will be able to watch Pawley live-paint this mural, as well as purchase merchandise from Pawley’s artist booth, located on the corner of Sixteenth Street and Indiana, near the Festival’s food truck row. 

Artist stipends to be provided by the ‘Sponsored by YOU’ program through the Plaza District Association. ‘Sponsored by YOU’ is a crowdfunding initiative, which will launch in the first part of September 2016, gives the local community an opportunity to support and take ownership of the Plaza District Festival. By accepting individual online micro-donations, the Plaza District Association will recognize the community as an official sponsor of the annual event. 

About Plaza Walls
Plaza Walls is a rotating mural project located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and it’s mission to advocate and curate public art projects that benefit the community and inspire creativity. Launched in September 2015 by co-curators Dylan Bradway and Kristopher Kanaly, with approval by the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and Urban Design Commission, Plaza Walls is now one of the top Plaza District tourist attractions and has received a tremendous amount of support from surrounding businesses and community, with a recent tweet by Mayor Mick Cornett, local morning news features on KFOR-TV 4 /KAUT-TV 43 and KOCO-TV 5, and articles in print publications such as OVAC’s Art Focus magazine, Territory Magazine, the OKC Gazette, and the Oklahoman. For more information visit www.plazawalls.org and @plazawalls. 

Plaza District Festival Children's Activities

The annual Plaza District Festival returns for its 18th year on Saturday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on the 1700 block of 16th Street, between Indiana and Blackwelder and in addition to the artist booths, music stages, food trucks, and live mural painting, the Festival features a dedicated area for artistic and interactive entertainment for children of all ages. 

The dedicated Children’s area is on Blackwelder, between 15th and 16th Street; and is open and free to the public from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

New this year, the Plaza District Association introduces the Plaza Kid’s Art Boutique. This pop-up “kids only” art shop within the Children’s area features an eclectic mix of visual art generously donated by many 2016 Plaza District Festival visual artists. All art within the Plaza Kid’s Art Boutique is priced between $2 and $5 and accessible to children 12 years and younger. Festival volunteers are on site to help each child select a piece for their personal art collection.

Ongoing activities include face painting, collaborative sidewalk chalk murals, home-made play-dough sculpting, bubble pools, giant yard games, a blanket fort, corn hole, and a variety of hands-on art projects with the Norman Firehouse Art Center.

“The Blanket Fort, back by popular demand, is, for many families, a quiet and tranquil break from the Festival’s non-stop excitement and possible Oklahoma heat,” said Cayla Lewis, Plaza District Association Executive Director. “I invite parents to visit our lovingly curated Children’s area so their littles can experience creativity, laughter, and a kid-sized celebration of all things Plaza District.”  

Park(ing) Day 2016

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where metered parking spots are transformed into temporary public parks. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The Plaza District Parklet will be located in front of Tree & Leaf. Oklahoma Employees Credit Union is sponsoring corn hole game time at the parklet from 10am – 4pm.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

To learn more about PARK(ing) Day visit, parkingday.org

Plaza District reveals the 35 Artists of the 2016 Plaza District Festival

The annual Plaza District Festival returns for its 18th year on Saturday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on the 1700 block of 16th Street, between Indiana and Blackwelder with 35 Oklahoma-based artists.

The Festival, which celebrates all things local, also includes two music stages, nine popular food trucks, all-day live mural painting, and a dedicated Children’s area.
“With more than 90 submissions, choosing this year’s artist roster of 35 was incredibly challenging,” said Angela Cozby, the 2016 Plaza District Festival Co-chair. “I believe our panel of jurors selected an outstanding variety of art and two-thirds of this year’s talent will be brand new to this year’s festival audience.”

The 2016 artist selection has both new and returning Oklahoma artists and includes a variety of media including paintings, photography, woodwork, paper silhouettes, stained glass, sculpture, pottery, children’s books, soap, jewelry, t-shirts, hand-crafted aprons, clothes, purses, and designer dog treats and collars. All works are available for purchase just in time for the holiday season.

The 2016 Plaza District Festival Artists (in alphabetical order):
Bark & Breakfast
Bjorn Bauer Art*
David Lee Anderson
Emerald Moon Merchants*
Flood and Stroke*
Fresh Take Books
Gene Smith Sculptures
Graham Edwards Art
Grand Life Photography
Harrison Zahn
Hector Cobos Leon, Porcelain & Stoneware
Jasworx, Fused Glass by Jim Shelley*
Jennifer Woods Jewelry
Jerry Bergin Fine Art
John Tracy II
JRK Studios*
K9 Couture Collars*
Kevin Byrne Pottery
Liz Wilson Ceramics
Local Lather
Love Well Handmade*
Marissa Raglin Art
Micah Hamilton Jewelry*
Needles and Pins OKC
NorthRoad Creations*
OK Collective
Rebecca Mannschreck
Roger Disney
Sam Douglas Art*
Sewing with Squeak
The Occult Collection
Trisha Thompson Adams*
Ty Kelly
X-Mas Orange, Jeff Duerksen
*returning artist

In addition to artist booths, the Plaza District businesses are open as usual, featuring art from a variety of local artists.

Also new this year, the Plaza District Association introduces the Plaza Kid’s Art Boutique, a pop-up “kids only” art shop within the Children’s area that features donated works by many of the 2016 Plaza District Festival artists. All art within the Plaza Kid’s Art Boutique is priced between $2 and $5, and accessible to children 12 years and younger. Festival volunteers are on site to help each child select a piece for their personal art collection and all proceeds benefit children’s programming future Plaza District Festivals.

Visit www.plazadistrictfestival.com for more info!
 

Fowler Automotive is putting Art on the Ballot at this year's Plaza District Festival!

Vote for your favorite Plaza District Festival artist below once per day between now and Sept. 16 to put their names on the ballot for a chance to win $1,000. After the online votes have been counted, the top 10 artists will be on the ballot at the Fowler Automotive voting booths during the Plaza District Festival. 

Vote for your favorite here!

Announcing Food Trucks of the 2016 Plaza District Festival

The 18th Annual Plaza District Festival is Saturday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on 16th Street, between Indiana and Blackwelder. The Plaza District Association is proud to release the food truck roster for the 2016 Plaza District Festival.

The 2016 Plaza District Festival food truck roster includes:
Back Door BBQ
Jerkey.com
Sizzle N Spice, LLC
El Reno Onion Burgers
The Loaded Bowl
Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffles
Holey Rollers
Sasquatch Shaved Ice
Yum Yum Bites

The food trucks begin serving at noon, and will flip burgers and shave snow-cones until 10:00 p.m. This year’s food truck participants include seven newcomers and two returning favorites, Jerky.com and Sizzle and Spice. All food trucks will be parked on North Indiana Avenue between 16th and 17th Street.

No matter what your palette prefers, the Festival food truck lineup has something for everyone, from the picky eater to the adventurous foodie. Back Door BBQ, which is also a trendy storefront on NW 23rd street, offers pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked meats. El Reno Onion Burgers will be serving its famous onion burgers and Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffles chicken and waffles platter is truly a spiritual experience.

Vegetarian options include Holey Rollers and their signature vegan donuts, pastries, and coffee and The Loaded Bowl, which serves vegan comfort food. Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a much-anticipated 2017 business to open within the Plaza District boundaries, will debut snow-cones for adults and kids alike, with flavors from Sour Apple to Tiger’s Blood. New to the OKC community and the Festival is the Vietnamese-inspired Yum Yum Bites food truck. Returning this year is the Indian-themed Sizzle and Spice, as well as Jerky.com who returns for the third year in a row.

Jabee, Emmy Winning Hip-hop Artist to Headline the 2016 Plaza District Festival

The 18th annual Plaza District Festival returns Saturday, September 24, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and welcomes Jabee, a native of Northeast Oklahoma City and hip-hop poet, as this year’s Festival headliner. Jabee, who just released his third full-length album, Black Future, and was recently described as OKC’s modern day Woodie Guthrie, will take the Festival’s Main stage at 9pm with special guest, LTZ.
The Festival’s Main stage opens at 12 p.m. with Lincka, and closes with Jabee & LTZ at 9 p.m. The Blackwelder Stage also begins at 12 p.m. with Ali Harter, a celebrated local singer/songwriter, and closes with Wildings at 4:15 p.m. The Blackwelder Stage is a new location for the annual festival and now resides close to the dedicated Children’s area, nestled between The Barn and The Society on Blackwelder Avenue, just south of 16th Street.

The All-Day Music Schedule:
MAIN STAGE
12:00 Lincka
12:45 Everything Goes Dance Studio 1:45 Tyler Hopkins and the Rebellion 2:30 Young Readers
3:15 Gabriel Knight Hancock
4:15 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma 5:00 Harumph
6:00 Culture Cinematic
7:00 Husbands
8:00 Bowlsey
9:00 Jabee and LTZ

BLACKWELDER STAGE
12:00 Ali Harter
12:30 Taylor Rapp
1:00 David Bruster
1:30 The Trading Co
2:00 aDDLib
2:30 Gall
3:15 Kevin Cornish
4:00 Jose Hernandez
4:45 Wildings

 

Micro-donation Campaign Returns to Sponsor Plaza District Festival

The 18th annual Plaza District Festival returns in part thanks to a unique sponsor: YOU. Returning for the second year in a row, ‘Sponsored by YOU’ is a crowdfunding initiative that gives the local community a chance to support and take ownership of the Plaza District Festival. ‘Sponsored by YOU’ donations are accepted online between August 29 and September 11, at plazadistrictfestival.com. By accepting individual online micro-donations, the Plaza District Association will recognize the community, name by name, as official sponsors of this annual event.

Last year, the Plaza District Association was able to raise $2,700 for much needed Festival and event supplies such as extension cords, tents, and bistro tables and chairs,” said Cayla Lewis, Executive Director of the Plaza District Association, The community response was incredibly positive and the campaign, a success, so we decided to bring back ‘Sponsored by YOU’ in order to raise money for the 20 talented and diverse artists who will be live-painting murals all day for our 20,000 plus festival attendees.

Contribution levels are tied to individual costs necessary to the Festival. For example, donors can contribute enough to cover the cost of a can of spray paint or the total artist stipend of one artist, with donation amounts as low as $7.

All ‘Sponsored by YOU’ donors will be recognized during the Plaza Walls Expo at this years Festival.

The first event of its kind for Oklahoma City, the Plaza Walls project hosts the Inaugural Plaza Walls Mural Expo, which will debut 20 new murals by 20 artists at 1708 North Indiana Avenue during the Festival.

The 20 spray-paint enthusiasts of Plaza Walls will begin painting the week of September 18 and will reveal 5,200 square feet of brand new murals on Saturday, September 24, in concurrent with all Festival activities. The public is encouraged to walk through the Plaza Walls alley, with entrances on 16th Street and Indiana Avenue. In addition to live painting, the alley will host live music and the Plaza Walls Mural Expo Artist Booth, which will sell art and exclusive merchandise by participating Mural Expo artists.

The confirmed mural artists are: Jake Beeson, Dylan Bradway, Denise Duong, Yatika Fields, Tanner Frady, Chris Foxworth, Steven Grounds, Joxxen, Kris Kanaly, Holey Kids, Jason Pawley, Tessa Raven, Wiley Robertson, Chris Sker, Ashley Smith, Cassie Stover, Sean Vali, Jake Vega, Aaron Whisner, and Zuawe.

In addition to the Mural Expo’s 5,200 square feet of new art, the 54-foot wall on the East side of Indiana Avenue will feature the art of Jason Pawley, a local artistic legend. Pawley’s Indiana mural will be on display from September 9 to September 24. The morning of the Plaza District Festival, Pawley will make live additions to his Indiana mural. Festival attendees will be able to watch Pawley live-paint this mural, as well as purchase merchandise from Pawley’s artist booth.