With the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19, it is more important than ever to band together as a community and safely provide support to one another. ULI Oklahoma and Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives have teamed up to offer community action micro-grants to help fund the ideas of individuals or organizations that help lift the spirits of our community through placemaking and public art, and drive support of downtown districts and businesses.
Have an idea for a project? Desire to encourage the community during this unprecedented time? No idea is too great or too small. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12.
Learn more about the grants and submit your applications here.
FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
The annual Oklahoma City Flower and Garden Festival returns to Myriad Botanical Gardens this Saturday, May 30, from 9am to 4pm.
This fun-filled event features local vendors who will be set up on the west side of the Gardens next to Mo’s Carousel and the Children’s Garden. The annual festival features an abundance of plants, sure to brighten up anyone’s home. Visitors will find Oklahoma-grown herbs, perennials, annuals, native plants, culinary herbs, vegetable plants, flowers, produce, pottery, jewelry, wine, succulents, ornamental grasses, milkweed, pollinator plants, wildlife habitat and more.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will reopen to members with timed ticketing and limited hours on June 6. Members will get exclusive access to the special summer exhibition, “POP Power from Warhol to Koons". Tickets for the general public will go on sale in early June with the first time slots available on June 17.
When visitors walk through the doors, they will notice a limited number of guests in the galleries, timed tickets, staff wearing masks, hand sanitizing stations, signage about social distancing, and increased sanitizing of high-touch areas. You will not see a full house in the theater or a packed gallery this summer, but you will be able to see great works of art and film in the safest way possible.
To learn more information, or to become a member, visit okcmoa.com.
Join Global Porch Placemaking Week! Connect with neighbors during the Covid-19 pandemic by activating your front porch, balcony, street, front yard, stoop or driveway, between May 30 and June 5.
Never has there been a more important time for placemaking. While we’re staying home, for the time being, you can still be a force for change.
Join Porch Placemaking Week and create a project, large or small, to breathe life into your street. Decorate your balcony, chalk your street, activate your porch, and invite your neighbors to join (from a distance).
Now, more than ever, we recognize the outstanding service, innovation, and development of small business owners in our city. In whatever way you feel comfortable, Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership urges you to find a way to support small and local businesses across downtown.
Taking the 2020 Census is important and easy. You can take it online, on paper by mail, or on the phone. For more information, visit okc.gov/cesnus.
Stay engaged with the community by participating in Virtual Experiences throughout Oklahoma City. Check out what these local organizations are offering: