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Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond today received the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education’s (OAAE) annual Mayor’s Art Star Award at an Oklahoma Municipal League breakfast in downtown Tulsa.
The OAAE Art Star Awards Program honors a mayor who has demonstrated exemplary support for the arts in their city or town. It’s an opportunity to celebrate arts accomplishments in a community.
Along with the Broken Arrow City Council, Thurmond gives ongoing support to arts programs and events in the City hosted by various individuals and organizations throughout the year.
The City actively promotes local arts events, including the upcoming “Chalk It Up” pavement drawing competition on Main Street to the “Thursday Night Live” summer music series hosted by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce at the City’s Rose District Pavilion. The Rose District Pavilion is one of the many quality of life projects made possible by Vision 2025 surplus funds. A Creative Arts Center has been partially funded by the City and is presently being designed.
This year, with the leadership of Mayor Thurmond, the City launched one of its first public art programs downtown – utility box art. The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) partnered with local artists to produce vinyl art wraps for utility boxes in the Rose District.
The City and CVB also work to promote The Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2009 and has attracted multiple national acts and celebrity performers to Broken Arrow. Each summer, Broadway star and BA native Kristin Chenoweth hosts the annual Broadway Bootcamp for high school students at the BA PAC.
About the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education
The mission of the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education is to promote the values of the arts through education and recognition of individuals and organizations. The OAAE believes the study of the arts is essential to the basic education of all students. When students experience the creative arts process on a regular basis, they learn new skills and thought processes. Learning in the arts encourages the development of creative abilities, collaborative teamwork and cognitive learning skills that directly and positively affect reading, math and problem solving development.