Automobile Alley’s Door Tour beautification project launches this Friday, June 26th.
Automobile Alley has long desired to enhance its alleyways and build up the district as a destination for public art. The Door Tour project invites pedestrians to view a “gallery” of artworks showcasing a variety of illustrations, designs and styles that have been installed on multiple doors throughout the district’s alleys.
Twenty-one designs by thirteen artists have been produced in vinyl and cover doors of various sizes in the alleys on either side of Broadway Avenue. We encourage you to explore the district, take new paths, and find each door.
Midtown Walkabout is returning as Midtown Walkabout Month! Each Saturday in July, beginning on July 4th, Midtown merchants will provide specials, discounts, and activities during their normal operating hours, plus attendees can enjoy free pop-up programming throughout the district.
Midtown Walkabout Month will include virtual events on Saturday, the 11th, 12pm - 1pm and Saturday, the 18th, 2pm-3pm. Tune in for virtual giveaways, family-friendly entertainment, and demos and activities by some of your favorite Midtown businesses.
Please be safe while visiting the district by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and keeping a distance from others. Stay updated on Midtown Walkabout Month promotions by following along on the Facebook event page, or find more information at midtownokc.com.
LIVE FROM THE LAWN
Scissortail Park's new concert series featuring live music on their lawn is set to begin this Friday, June 26 at 7:30pm.
Local, regional, and national artists and musicians will take the stage on select Friday evenings for Live from the Lawn. Concerts will be held on the Love's Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of quality music in Scissortail Park.
In addition, and in support of the local food industry, Scissortail Park will offer guests the chance to purchase a Sound Bites Packagethat includes food, beverages, and a reserved spot of the lawn. During each concert, a different Oklahoma City restaurant, food truck, or caterer will offer a boxed meal and beverages to pickup before the concerts.
Discover the art next door with the OK Art Crawl! This program will function like a drive-by exhibition and will feature artists across the state displaying their pieces in front of their houses, on their front porches, and in their garages. Weather permitting, the OK Art Crawl will take place on June 27 and 28 from 5pm to 8pm.
Don't miss the participating downtown art community in the crawl including ARTSPACE at Untitled, CKilburn Artistry, Factory Obscura, and Paul Bagley.
For more information, and to see the Google map of all participating locations, visit ovac-ok.org.
JULY IN THE GARDENS
Summer at Myriad Botanical Gardens will look different this year. The Gardens created a list of programs and events that fit into the new way of current operations. This includes spaces with plenty of room for physical and social distancing. Attendees to all events are required to wear masks. Here is a full list of events happening in the gardens this July:
» SONIC Summer Movie Nights
» Weekly Walk-Ups
» Full Moon Bike Ride & Run
» Botanical Balance Free Yoga
» Dancing in the Gardens: Hip Hop
» Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden
» Family Workshop: Marvelous Mallards
» Music From hearts of Space
» Guided Walking Tour
» Urban Hike
» Identification & Week Control for Home Lawns
Developed to help local businesses across the state overcome the economic challenges of COVID-19, the Oklahoma Business Relief Program (OBRP) offers funding for qualifying businesses that have suffered revenue loss due to the pandemic.
Starting June 29, Oklahoma businesses can request to apply for OBRP through participating financial institutions. The financial institutions will evaluate applications based on the program rules and make a preliminary determination of business eligibility.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and funds will be provided to the business through the financial institution. At least twenty percent of the program funds will be designated for minority-owned businesses.
For more information on the full scope of this program, and to read the program rules, visit okcommerce.gov.
TRANSFORM THE NIGHT
Save the date for City Care's Transform the Night. This call to action to fund Oklahoma City's only low-barrier night shelter is coming to a livestream near you on July 23 at 6pm. Join City Care as they shift to a digital event in the midst of COVID-19, and aim to provide a welcoming respite to our city's most vulnerable.
Follow along on their Facebook event page, as more information is still to be announced.
RIDE THE STREETCAR FOR FREE
EMBARK has four public garages along the loop that are open 24/7. And now, when you park in one of these garages, your garage parking receipt is your ticket to ride the streetcar for FREE all day! Each parking receipt is valid for two people to ride for free for 24 hours from the time of parking.
For more information, and to find parking garages & their closest streetcar platform, visit okstreetcar.com.
STAND TALL SHOP SMALL
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has kicked off its Stand Tall and Shop Small for OKC campaign. With the help of the OKC’s district leaders, the Chamber wants residents to give a much-needed boost to the businesses that make the city unique.
The Chamber is encouraging residents to take pride in their community and rally together to save small businesses.
Learn more information about the Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC campaign on their Velocity blog.
We encourage you to continue to support black-owned businesses in downtown Oklahoma City. Find a compiled list by reading What's Up Downtown №75.