LIVE on the Plaza - Storytelling

We are celebrating storytelling at our first LIVE on the Plaza of 2017! From a poetry slam to a book drive, there will be something for all story lovers. 

What's happening during LIVE:
Collected Thread - 
Storytime with Tracey Zeeck, signing and selling copies of her book, "The Not In Here Story" 
Dig It - Meet Art Sunday, Oklahoma's greatest "story" teller, all coats and sweaters 25% off
DNA Galleries - Featured Artists: Jim Trosper and Annie Doan

Fowler Auto - Fowler Fire Pit
Pie Junkie - $4 slices
Roxy's Ice Cream Social - Seasonal flavor: chocolate covered strawberry
Thrive Mama Collective - Birth Story Circle
Tree and Leaf - Featured Artist: Sean Eldridge
The Venue - Artsy Beatdown Comedy Show

Please bring any new or gently used books to donate to Citizens Caring for Children to any of the above participating LIVE businesses.

Food Trucks:
Blue Donkey Cafe
Murphy's Smokehouse

Friends of the Plaza VIP Area: (6:30pm-8pm)
Location: The Barn
Not a Friend of the Plaza? Signup/Renew Here: plazadistrict.org/fop

LIVE on the Plaza is presented by Fowler Auto and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union

CALL FOR ARTISTS - 2017 LIVE ON THE PLAZA OUTDOOR MARKET

Applications are open until February 6th for artists for the 2017 season of the LIVE on the Plaza Outdoor Market. 

LIVE is the Plaza District's monthly artwalk featuring art shows, live music, and local shopping. The association hosts an outdoor artist market, where an audience averaging 4,000 can visit local artist tables. The Outdoor Market takes place from April through October. 

ARTIST SELECTION CRITERIA
-Fine art painting, prints, photography and three dimensional works (functional or non-functional,) jewelry, ceramics, and handmade craft. No t-shirt vendors accepted.

-Locally made specialty food such as jams, jellies, salsa, oils etc. Canned & packaged goods. (will have to meet Health Department inspection)

- Made in Oklahoma art and products only

- The artist must display an active social media presence. The committee would like to see selected vendors cross promote the event to their clients, fans and followers.

SELECTION PROCESS
There will be a committee of judges including local artists, district business owners and frequent event visitors to gain a broad perspective when selecting LIVE on the Plaza vendors. Because we are trying to keep the Plaza District and LIVE diverse, no preferential treatment will be given to previously selected artists. Artist notification will be within 1 week of the deadline.

We hope you consider applying! For questions regarding the application process, email Layne Ferguson at info@plazadistrict.org.

 

APPLY HERE

Looking back at 2016

Hello dear friends!

What a year it has been! We want to thank you all for continuing to support the Plaza District, our businesses, and all of the fun events we have throughout the year. We've seen an incredible amount of growth and know that 2017 has even more in store. It has been such a wonderful sight to see the district bustling with people every single day and at all times of the day. We love that you all love us so much! We look forward to continue serving the area and continuing our mission to develop the Plaza District as a vibrant commercial district where arts, local business and neighborhood community thrives.

Our 2016 Plaza District Festival was one for the books! We were so excited to be able to offer the new art/wine tent, children's boutique, provide more opportunities for local musicians and artists, and have the first ever Plaza Walls Mural Expo.

Although weather was not always on our side, we celebrated LIVE on the Plaza every Second Friday, rain or shine, with fun themes that included everything from pets to science and partnered with several local nonprofits! This past June, we teamed up with our friends at deadCenter Film Festival to make LIVE on the Plaza the local film festival's first ever satellite location. We also saw so many of our local artist friends featured in galleries and shows all throughout the year. We're excited to for what's to come for LIVE on the Plaza in 2017!

For our 12th annual Urban Pioneer Awards, we honored longtime Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Executive Director, Paula Stover. Paula and Lyric Theatre have been a driving force behind the renaissance of the district with the re-adaptation of the Plaza Theatre into a premier performance venue that has brought thousands of new faces to the area, employed hundreds of artists and cultivated the next generation and theatre patrons and performer.

This year, the Plaza District Association was also able to sponsor and support events put on by our businesses and business owners. These events included: The Great American Cloth Diaper Exchange, a special Plaza Walls Mural tribute made by Dusty Gilpin,  the Day of the Dead Festival, and the Plaza Walls Mural Expo.

Other exciting events that were new this year that included the Plaza Community Garden, the first everEarth Day FestivalYogaFest, a yoga festival coordinated by YogaLab, Empire Slice House threw a giant anniversary party, and Plaza Beer Walk, a monthly pub crawl coordinated by Plaza restaurants, just to name a few.

 

We've grown from 45 businesses to 50 businesses just in the past year! New businesses included: The Pritchard, Reference Point, Simpleton Goods, The Broom Closet, Well Beauty, and Goro Ramen and Izakaya. In 2017, we're expecting even more. And we know what you're all thinking, yes, there will be more parking.

This past year has been great, but we know that 2017 will be even better. None of what we have accomplished this year would be possible without the hard work from the Plaza District business owners, the dedication of our many volunteers, and our district sponsors, Fowler Auto and Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. They are the heart and soul behind everything we do!

Thank you all for loving and supporting this little slice of life in the heart of OKC. See you soon! 

Sincerely,
Cayla Lewis
Plaza District Association
Executive Director

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Congratulations, Plaza People!

We love seeing hardworking members of the Plaza family being recognized around the community. This month, we were excited to see so many deserving Plaza people and businesses receive honors.

okc.BIZ 40 Under 40
Plaza District Association board member, as well as owner of The Pritchard and Well Beauty, and partner in Sweet Sixteenth LLC, which is responsible for much of the development in the Plaza District, Aimee Ahpeatone was recently awarded okc.BIZ's 40 under 40. The Forty Under 40 program honors exceptional individuals who have made a significant contribution to shaping the Oklahoma City landscape.

NextGen's Under 30
NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. We are proud of Plaza District Association's Executive Director, Cayla Lewis, and Owner of Everything Goes Dance Studio, Erika Reyes, for recipients of this year's award.

Mark Costello Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Earlier this November, Empire Slice House, was the recipient of the Mark Costello Entrepreneurial Award, awarded by the Oklahoma Labor Commission and Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston. “I am delighted to present Empire Slice House with this award,” Houston said. “The restaurant has quickly become a staple in the community and has served as a catalyst to the Plaza District’s rapid growth.”

Plazies
Maybe not as serious of an award as the awards mentioned above, but nonetheless, we love celebrating Plaza District businesses. The Plazies is our annual roast/silly/fun awards event for Plaza District businesses! The awards are nominated by Plaza District businesses. Some of this year's awards included, "Cleanest Restrooms in the District" and " Best Shoplifting Shamer". We'll let you guess who won those. 

6X6 on 16th Group Art Show

 Plaza District Association announces its 6x6 on 16th Group Art Show in conjunction with November and December LIVE on the Plaza, to be held November 11 and December 9. The theme for November LIVE on the Plaza is Visual Arts, when artists of all ages and skillsets are welcome to participate in 6x6 by purchasing 6in x 6in canvas for $5 during the event, November 11, from 7pm to 11pm on the southwest corner of NW 16th St. and Blackwelder Ave. Plaza District Association will have paint on hand for artists wishing to create their very own work of arts during LIVE on the Plaza. Artists are also invited to contribute existing 6in x 6in works, to be delivered at the same time and location. All works will be made available for sale during the run of the show, December 8-9. Artists may choose to retain 50% of the proceeds, with a commission of 50% going to the Plaza District Association, or donate all proceeds to the PDA.

The Plaza District Association is a 501c3 organization that has been working to revitalize NW 16th in Oklahoma City since 1997. It is within the mission of the Plaza District Association to create a place and opportunity for the community to interact with the arts and artists.

Requirements:

- All artwork submitted to the 6x6 on 16th Group Art Show must be available for sale.

- Artwork must be 6 inches by 6 inches and may be any media.

- 2D work must be ready to hang.

- By submitting your work to the 6x6 on 16th Group Art Show, you agree to donate 50% of proceeds from each sold piece to Plaza District Association, PDA will return all unsold artwork. Artists may also choose to donate 100% of the proceeds to the PDA.

- PDA reserves the right to use images of work submitted on our website and in any advertising associated with this exhibition.

 

Delivery:

Hand-delivered work may be dropped off Friday, December 2 from 9am to 5pm. To schedule a delivery time prior to this, please contact director@plazadistrict.org. All work must be delivered before 5pm on December 2.

 

Pickup:

Unsold artwork may be picked up Tuesday, December 13 from 9am to 5pm. To schedule a delivery time after this, please contact director@plazadistrict.org. All unsold work must be picked up before 5pm on December 20

 

Important Dates:

November 10 – Thursday Art Walk, canvas available for purchase, 6pm-8pm

November 11 – “Visual Arts” LIVE on the Plaza, canvas available for purchase, 7pm-11pm

December 2 - Deadline for artwork delivery  to Plaza District office, 1618 N Gatewood, office open 9am-5pm

December 8 – Thursday Art Walk, art exhibit opens

December 9 – “Holiday” LIVE on the Plaza, art exhibit on display, 7pm-11pm at The Venue, 1757 NW 16th

December 13 – 9am-5pm Unsold and sold artwork available for pickup

December 20 – Deadline for artwork pickup, 5pm

 

For more information, contact Cayla Lewis, director@plazadistrict.org, 405-367-9403.