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October 14, 2012

Signed book makes its way back to Norman

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Norman’s Chamber of Commerce has made a big push to make some of those Boeing workers residents of Norman. It’s a short drive from the city’s growing northeast side to the Boeing building near Tinker Air Force Base.

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Norman’s Firehouse Arts Center is a hidden jewel tucked into the heart of Norman. Thousands of local residents have learned to exhibit their creative side at the center, once Norman’s second fire station.

The center is getting statewide recognition. This past week the Firehouse was among the 11 individuals and eight organizations honored for contributions to the arts by the Governor’s Arts Awards.

The Firehouse was named one of three Arts in Education Award winners.

The honors will be awarded by Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday, November 8 during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma state Capitol. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the 4th Floor Rotunda. A reception on the Capitol’s first floor will follow.

Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Kim Baker said the awards bring recognition to individuals and organizations making a difference in communities throughout the state. “Each year we hear new stories of Oklahomans going above and beyond to enrich their communities using the arts. In communities like Arnett and Mangum, and in cities like Broken Arrow and Edmond, there are passionate people and community-focused organizations that deserve this recognition.”

Add Norman to that list.

Andy Riegereditor@normantranscript.com366-3543

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