Oklahoma City has a vibrant line-up of both visual and performing arts with everything from opera, ballet and Broadway to galleries, large-scale art installations and film premieres. Oklahoma City has a vibrant line-up of both visual and performing arts with everything from opera, ballet and Broadway to galleries, large-scale art installations and film premieres.
The city’s major performance arts venue is the Civic Center Music Hall featuring live shows by The Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lyric Theatre, Canterbury Choral Society, Celebrity Attractions and more. The historic art deco building has three theatres, a grand reception hall and multiple suites as well as a lovely exterior that is illuminated at night. With great seating and designed acoustics, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Current & Upcoming Shows:
December 3 – 20, 2015
December 12 – 22, 2015
Shen Yun 2016
December 23 – 24, 2015
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
December 26 – 27, 2015
Across the street, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art houses three floors of exhibits ranging from ancient Egypt artifacts to French impressionism to contemporary art – a great mix of subjects, styles and media. They also house the biggest collection of Dale Chihuly glass including a stunning 55-foot tower in the lobby.
Opened in the summer of 2014, Exhibit C is downtown’s newest art gallery featuring handcrafted artwork by Chickasaw artists. Located in Bricktown, the gallery is a perfect combination of arts, Native American culture and hospitality, showcasing a new artist every few months. You can also buy authentic artisan works such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing in their bright retail space.
It doesn’t get more Oklahoman than the IAO (Individual Artists of Oklahoma) Gallery. In addition to the two stunning gallery spaces with visual art, they also present poetry, film, and performance – all by emerging and established Oklahoman artists. The gallery has free admission and exhibits rotate every couple of months. IAO is located on Film Row (West Sheridan Street), known for its historic Hollywood past and renovated movie-themed cityscape.
Lyric at the Plaza is an intimate theater in OKC's Plaza District, an emerging commercial district located north of downtown on NW 16th Street. After falling into ruin at the end of the last century, the location was transformed into a vibrant performance theater playing live productions of musicals, plays and new works. Not only did Lyric bring life back to a beloved neighborhood landmark, but they also foster a show line-up you wouldn't necessarily expect to see in Oklahoma.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol
December 2 – 27, 2015
The Paseo Arts District is home to a vibrant group of artists and almost 20 galleries nestled along two blocks of Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings and clay tile roofs. This charming little neighborhood has a variety of independent artist galleries among fine restaurants and shops, all within walking distance.
So whether you're looking for visual or performing arts, OKC has a little something for everyone.