ALLIED ARTS TO PRESENT “GLOW”
Temporary public art installation to thank
community and mark 50-year milestone
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 1, 2022 – Allied Arts is excited to present “GLOW” to commemorate 50 years of growth and support for our arts community. The free, public art installation is fully underwritten thanks to the generosity of the Inasmuch Foundation.
The exhibition in Scissortail Park will feature two large-scale works, “Oscillation” and “Passage,” from March 11 to April 10. Guests who visit the park will enjoy a whimsical and immersive experience as they interact with the lights and sounds of each piece.
In addition to the installation, Allied Arts will host “Catch the Glow,” a community thank you celebration at Scissortail Park on the evening of April 8. The event will be free and open to all ages, featuring a hot air balloon night glow, synchronized drone light show, glow-in-the-dark art from local artists, live performances, food trucks and more.
“Our goal is to bring something unique and accessible for everyone, and to spark joy in the community after what has been a challenging time due to the pandemic,” said Allied Arts President/CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner. “We have been planning to host a 50th anniversary celebration since last year, but decided to postpone until this spring to ensure everyone can safely enjoy these two beautiful and fun works of art. We want to emphasize our appreciation of the community for the financial support they have provided that is vital to sustaining a vibrant and diverse cultural landscape in Oklahoma. It is important now, more than ever!”
The two works of art are presented in collaboration with Creos, a leading agency for international touring installations, and will be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. “Oscillation,” created by The Urban Conga, consists of crystal-like forms that encourage creativity and open-ended play. Movement through the installation manipulates the sounds and colors of the gems, creating music and light based on audience distance to the pieces.
“Passage,” created by Serge Maheu, is an immersive artwork that explores the emotional connections of light and sound. The installation consists of 20 circles of light that form a tunnel and sound system. Walking through the tunnel activates light animations and sounds, providing a playful sensory experience for guests of all ages.
Inasmuch Foundation supported the exhibition and additional programming in the park as a special gift to Allied Arts in honor of their anniversary.
“Inasmuch Foundation is committed to connecting the community for good through strategic grantmaking, collaborative partnerships and community enhancement. As longtime supporters of Allied Arts, we join them in celebrating 50 years of advocacy and arts enrichment. At Inasmuch Foundation, we know art inspires creativity, promotes imagination, and evokes togetherness, so we are thrilled to join Allied Arts in presenting GLOW to the community. GLOW will provide everyone a chance to experience immersive art as a form of celebration and enjoyment,” said Inasmuch Foundation Chairman and CEO Robert J. Ross.
Additional “GLOW” sponsors include Love’s Travel Stops, Heartland, Scissortail Park and LINGO Construction Services. More information can be found at www.alliedartsokc.com and on social media @AlliedArtsOKC.
About Allied Arts
As a United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for cultural organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating for arts education, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Since its founding in 1971, the organization has raised more than $82 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. Learn more at www.alliedartsokc.com.