By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday, August 20, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will host its 12th annual USATF-certified 5K run in Oklahoma City. The popular Midnight Streak will begin at 8 p.m. as runners dash through districts including Automobile Alley, Midtown, SOSA (South of Saint Anthony Hospital) and Heritage Hills.
Midnight Streak will start and finish at the site of Oklahoma Contemporary’s planned arts campus at NW 11th and Broadway.
The Oklahoma Contemporary’s new 4.6-acre arts campus will be home to a new 50,000-square-foot building with exhibition, education and performance space, an industrial arts building, a three-block arts park and space for education programs, public performances and outdoor exhibitions.
According to the website, unlike traditional museums, Oklahoma Contemporary does not collect art. “Our focus is on visual and performing arts education for youth, teens and adults,” said Board President and Co-Founder Christian Keesee. “Our contemporary art exhibitions enhance that mission as our students and community learn from the artists of the contemporary era.”
Oklahoma Comtemporary is currently located at the state fairgrounds. The new facility will break ground on September 28 with the projected opening in 2018.
Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy local food trucks and the Oklahoma Contemporary grill serving burgers and hot dogs, as well as hands-on art projects, tours of the new Guerilla Art Park, the In One Ear video installation by David Steele Overholt, and live broadcasts from The Spy FM radio.
Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural display at Guerrilla Art Park made its debut on August 11. The installation features Oklahoma artists with a mixture of approaches to temporary, outdoor public sculpture, including three flags, two welded-steel sculptures and 2-D drawings re-created into 3-D works.
As runners pass the Guerrilla Art Park they will see the new sculptures created to open the space, such as Nick Bayer’s 7-foot foam T-Rex. Visitors can enjoy the new sculptures while sitting on benches and stools also created by artists.
Runners will also pass Campbell Art Park, adjacent to the Oklahoma Contemporary art campus, which will be home to Tomas Saraceno’s future installation of Cloud City opening on September 8.
Run age-group winners will take home medals, each a one-of-a-kind piece of art
An after party with music and drinks will begin at 9 p.m. Registered runners get three free drinks and non-runners can buy a ticket to enter for $15. After party participants must be 21 or older.
“This is a unique race experience,” said Adam Brooks, Midnight Streak committee chair. “We’ve got great shirts and medals, and I don’t think any other race around here gives handmade awards. Plus, the course goes through some great areas, and this will be the best after party in town.”
The first 500 runners registered will receive a tech T-shirt designed by local artist Quit Nguyen, and all runners will receive a die-cut medal.
“Midnight Streak is a great evening that celebrates arts, community and fitness,” said Donna Rinehart-Keever, executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary. “It truly offers something for everyone.”
All proceeds support Oklahoma Contemporary’s educational programming, including hands-on activities linked to each exhibit, free workshops geared toward families, scholarships for students, and field trips for area schools.
More than 3,000 children participate in camps, workshops and activities each year. School-break camps for children 5 through 16 are offered and a scholarship program helps underprivileged children, like those attending Positive Tomorrows.
In addition, more than 700 adults participate in art classes offering painting, sculpture, weaving, drawing, ceramics, jewelry-making, photography and more.
Oklahoma Contemporary also offers workshops and scholarships for area veterans, VA Hospital and ReMerge, a local program that helps pregnant women and mothers facing prison.
Registration for the 5K run is $35. To support Oklahoma Contemporary programs, register for the Midnight Streak at oklahomacontemporary.org.