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Teen Night at the OKC Museum of Art

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The Youth Arts Advocates, a diverse group of high school juniors and seniors, will be hosting their first ever “Teen Night” on Saturday, September 10th from 7:00-10:00 pm. Art, live music, food and much more can be enjoyed for a cover price of $5.

This back-to-school party is a chance to connect teens to the Museum and to enjoy an evening of art, music, and fun. Three local bands –Peach, Mighty Big Fire, and Shelton Pool– will perform in the Lobby where there will be free food and lots of room to dance. The galleries will be open late and feature exhibits by artists, Michael Eastman and Franco Mondini–Ruiz, as well as a high school string quartet playing contemporary pop music. There is a costume contest for the best art-related costume with prize packages awarded to the top two favorites.

Who are the Youth Arts Advocates (YAA)?

Introduced by the Oklahoma Museum of Art through the leadership of Sheila Hallett (the Museum’s AmeriCorps Member in community outreach), the group of teens was selected through an application/interview process this past spring.

Participants attend monthly meetings and participate in unique learning opportunities that provide them with insight on careers in art and the impact art has on the community. The group planned and promoted a film event this past spring, and worked with a professional artist to create art panels for the West Town Campus (a resource center for the homeless).

“The program has been very successful for the museum,” said Hallett. “I am very proud of our group. They are insightful, motivated, and their passion for art is obvious.”

For additional information about the teen council, visit www.okcmoa.com/learn/programs/youth-arts-advocates or www.facebook.com/youthartsadvocates.

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