By: Christy Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2022
Arts @302 is located on Main Street in Broken Arrow. Pictured are Jennifer Deal, Executive Director and Caleb Ricketts, Program Coordinator
The eagerly anticipated new arts center, Arts@302 on Main Street in Broken Arrow, is now open to the public. The creative arts are such a vital part of our lives; and Arts@302 aims to inspire artistic growth and environment in their community and beyond.
“There are so many amazing things going on!” says Jennifer Deal, Executive Director. “The building itself is certainly a standout! Many people in the community have loved watching its construction over the past year. It is beautiful, fresh and modern. Giving tours of the building has always been such a joy.
“Because my background is from an art classroom, I’m especially excited that classes are starting. It is inspiring to see people of all ages in the building!
“And finally, Saturdays have been so fun! With the Farmer’s Market bringing a crowd of people into downtown Broken Arrow, we love all the traffic we get in the building. Our goal is to begin having some kind of art activity going on in the gallery every weekend, so we can get people in here creating!’
Glass Colored Roses will be featured through July 30, 2022.
The current show at Arts@302 features Katie Wheat Pernu, a talented mosaic artist. She is also the teaching Paper Mache Pets class in July!
Arts@302 is also pleased to be offering summer camps and ongoing classes for people of all ages. Ongoing classes at Arts@302 include:
Classes to look forward to in July include:
“We really wanted to drive home the idea of adventure,” says Deal. “Every week has its own distinct theme: Superheroes, Earth and Nature, Art History and Outer Space. These themes helped shape the art projects found in each week, as well as the educational core of each week.”
What else will set Arts@302 apart in the art community?
“Art can be created in an endless array of mediums and disciplines,” states Deal. This often makes art appear daunting and often unattainable. Arts@302 dissuades these fears by encouraging free exploration and experimentation in our beginning arts classes. We are committed to the idea that art is for everyone. We never want someone to walk away from our center with the idea that they are not an artist. Artistic expression is a symptom of the human experience, and we are all capable of creating it.”
The 10th Annual “Chalk It Up” An Arts Festival returns September 30 – October 1, 2022. For inquiries about competing, booth space, or general event questions, email: eat3@eau3eav3eaw3