By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013
Nick DeMoss, director of communications, Jenks Chamber of Commerce.
Looking for a day of fun, music and art that the entire family will enjoy? Then make plans to be in downtown Jenks on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Art on Main.
Art on Main aims to create access to a broad array of arts experiences, to nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms, and to expand the depth and breadth of cultural life in Oklahoma. This one-day festival has been growing steadily over the years, and organizers anticipate well over 10,000 attendees. As Art on Main celebrates its tenth year, the festival promises to be the best yet, showcasing some of the finest art and music from the region and bringing some fresh attractions to downtown Jenks.
There will be plenty of entertainment and activities for everybody. Live music is scheduled throughout the day, with a special appearance by Joshua Yarbrough and the Boogie Rhythm Boys. Demonstrations from Jenks Dance Academy, Abbey Road Dance Academy and Just Gotta Dance Cloggers will round out the day’s performances. Christopher Westfall is one of the many artists scheduled to showcase at Art on Main. Organizers expect over a hundred Oklahoma artists and vendors this year.
Nick DeMoss, director of communications for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, is proud of the fact that Art on Main puts the focus on the wealth of art and music from which the community draws. “Every artist and performer is from Oklahoma,” he explains. “One of the requirements during the submission and selection process is that they reside in our state.” The festival is a great opportunity for local and regional artists to engage with the public and for fans to meet the person behind the art.
Look for some new interactive art features this year. The Chamber has partnered with some local schools and colleges to bring student artists to the festival. A zone will be sectioned off for chalk art, open for all ages. As usual, count on a robust kids’ zone with plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy and engaged in the fun.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of the Jenks community and their partners. Volunteers from all over the city and local schools donate their time to assist with the festival from set up to clean up. Financial support from sponsors Public Service of Oklahoma, Bounce Pro and Tulsa Winch Group help ensure this cultural event continues to provide an opportunity for artists and art lovers to come together and enjoy a day of entertainment.
For more information, including updates on featured artists and music lineup, visit the Jenks Chamber of Commerce online at www.jenkschamber.com/artonmain.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.