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August 4, 2013

Registration for Arts Conference open

NORMAN — Registration for the 2013 Oklahoma Arts Conference is now open, the Oklahoma Arts Council announced today.

Scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Ardmore, the annual conference brings together artists, nonprofit organizations, community developers, civic leaders, educators, students and others working in Oklahoma’s arts and cultural industry for two days of professional development and networking.

The 2013 conference will take place at the Ardmore Convention Center and will focus on the theme “Homegrown Culture.”

During conference sessions, attendees can learn how to identify and explore their community’s history and tap in to local culture to discover the ingredients for community development and vitality.

Conference sessions will feature nationally recognized presenters:

· Diane Mataraza, a consultant from Florida who specializes in cultural planning, marketing and helping organizations build sustainable programs

· Risë Wilson, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of The Laundromat Project, an organization that uses art programs to engage and strengthen low-income neighborhoods in New York City

· Becky McCray, a homegrown Oklahoma entrepreneur, author and recognized expert in rural small business and social media whose blog Small Biz Survival ranks in the top 20 small business blogs worldwide

· Diane Scott, director of Artist INC, a Kansas City-based organization that helps artists master the business end of their careers

· Quraysh Ali Lansana, an award-winning author, poet, professor and teaching artist who has developed curriculum and led workshops throughout the U.S.

Conference sessions will feature other panelists and speakers from around Oklahoma, performances, networking events and a tour of downtown Ardmore.

A pre-conference Chickasaw Cultural Tour is scheduled on Oct. 22 and will include transportation to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, The Artesian Hotel in downtown Sulphur and the Bedré Chocolcate Factory and Welcome Center in Davis.

Special focus will be placed on the Chickasaw Nation’s role in revitalizing historic downtown Sulphur and developing cultural tourism in the region.

Registration is online at Early bird registration through Sept. 20 is $75. Registration after Sept. 20 is $125.

The pre-conference Chickasaw Cultural Tour is $30 and includes lunch and transportation from Ardmore. Deadline to register is Oct. 15.

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