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Art notes: 'Art and Nature in Health and Wellness,' 'Spring Awakening,' Festival of the Arts, Quartz Mountain, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Duncan Little Theatre and Norman Arts Council

Museum program integrates art, nature, wellness

SHAWNEE — The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art presents “Art and Nature in Health and Wellness,” a new program that will provide participants a new creative process using arts and the natural world and develop “listening” skills for connecting and working with others.

This certificate program is led by Madeline Rugh, an environmental art therapist. The curriculum is five modules that integrate a variety of art disciplines with primary attention given to visual art. It provides 200 hours of training in the arts, nature and wellness.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 19 – June 12. To register, go to For questions, email Amber DuBoise-Shepherd at or call 878-5605.

OU University Theatre presents ‘Spring Awakening’

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre presents “Spring Awakening” Feb. 19-28 in Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, 563 Elm Ave.

It’s 1891 in a provincial German town, and teenagers are raging against their parents, the establishment, and their own bodies as they enter adulthood demanding truth about love and sex. This production contains adult content and is rated R.

Viewing options include in person, livestream and video on-demand. For more information, go to

ACOKC Hires New Festival of the Arts Director

Arts Council Oklahoma City recently announced Seth Lewis as the new director of the Festival of the Arts.

Lewis has been projects director for Arts Council Oklahoma City since September 2017. His new role will include navigating through the changes made to this year’s Festival of the Arts, which will run June 22-27 at Bicentennial Park.

For more information, go to

Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Seeks Talented High School Students

Auditions for the annual Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain are underway and being conducted online. Scholarships will be offered to 270 high school students to attend the two-week residency program July 10-25.

The popular program is widely known as Oklahoma's premier arts experience for high school students. Renowned teaching artists from across the country travel to Quartz Mountain where they provide advanced college-level training and mentorship to the young artists in various artistic disciplines.

To be considered, students must complete a brief online application and submit audition materials demonstrating their artistic ability. The submission requirements vary for each discipline. To audition, go to Auditions must be submitted by early March.

Native artist’s ‘Embers of Dream’ exhibit on view

DUNCAN — The Chisolm Trail Heritage Center presents “Embers of Dream,” an exhibit by award-winning and Emmy nominated Comanche and Chickasaw/Choctaw master artist and flute musician Timothy Tate Nevaquaya.

He began his art career as a child and was trained by his father Doc Tate Nevaquaya. During his youth, he came to know some of the greatest Southern Plains and other Native American artists from his father’s contemporary circle of friends and colleagues.

The exhibit is in the center’s Garis Gallery, 1000 Chisolm Trail Parkway, through Mar. 1. For more information, go to

Theater presents two new stage shows

DUNCAN — Duncan Little Theatre is bringing two new shows to the stage this season.

"Little Footsteps" is a heartwarming story of a young couple becoming parents for the first time. It plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-20 at the Duncan Moose Lodge, 1712 W Seminole Road. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!" runs Feb. 26-28 and March 5-6 at the Palace Theater, 926 W Main St. An eclectic group of students arrive at the spelling bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and military.

Tickets may be purchased at or at the door. For more information, call 580-252-8331.

CARES Act funding helps 17 arts organizations

NORMAN — The Norman Arts Council announced that 17 local arts organizations have been awarded a Norman CARES Act: Arts Recovery Grant.

Grants total $172,000 and were made available to Norman Arts Council Project and Operational Support Grant recipients to help enable the return of their community arts programming and offset the costs of safety protocols.

Grant recipients are A to Z Productions, Central Oklahoma Dance Company, Cimarron Opera, The Depot, Firehouse Art Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Jazz in June, Medieval Fair, Namron Players, Norman Ballet, Norman Cultural Connection, Norman Music Alliance, Oklahoma Youth Sing, Resonator, Scissortail Productions, Sooner Theatre and World Literature Today.

For more information, go to

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman

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