CELEBRATING 40 YEARS of EXCELLENCE in the ARTS

THE MISSION OF BLAC, INC. IS TO USE THE VEHICLE OF FINE ARTS TO PROVIDE THE TOTAL COMMUNITY OF OKLAHOMA WITH AN EXPOSURE TO THE AFRICAN, AFRICAN-AMERICAN/BLACK CULTURE WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON EDUCATING OKLAHOMA'S YOUTH.

HISTORY of BLAC, INC.

Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Incorporated began as an idea of Dr. John Smith who had moved to Oklahoma to accept a job with the Oklahoma Symphony. After the Symphony failed, Dr. Smith accepted a job at Langston University in the Music Department. During that period, he wrestled with the problem of African Americans expressing themselves about their identity. With the support of a friend, Alfred Cohran, Dr. Smith moved forward with the idea of using the arts as a means of self-expression.

Oklahoma City's black community responded spontaneously and collectively to affirm itself in a constructive and creative manner. The organization was incorporated as a non-profit organization on April 28, 1971. BLAC, Inc. began with a music component, a literary component, a visual arts component and, finally a theater component. The arts burst forth in festivals, arts education programs, lectures, poetry readings, theater productions and presenting programs, traveling arts programs, and finally dance programs. The Northeast side of Oklahoma City was alive! News traveled fast and soon BLAC, Inc. was capturing headlines in all of the local papers.

BLAC, Inc. earned a reputation of excellence and commanded respect from the larger Oklahoma City and Oklahoma community. BLAC, Inc. earned the coveted Governor's Arts Award for its theater work and national and international awards it received.

Since the beginning, the organization has always had service to the community as a priority. BLAC, Inc. is known for creating leading edge programs in arts education, in presenting and producing, recognition of legends, preserving African American history in Oklahoma City and in meeting the needs of the community. To this day, BLAC, Inc. continues to receive national recognition for programs of great value to the community.

THANKS to OUR SUPPORTERS

Oklahoma Arts Council Oklahoma Department of Education Ad Astra Foundation Kirkpatrick Family Foundation

PROGRAMS of BLAC, INC.

See the article from ED.gov that features some of our educational partners and talks about the success of arts in early education!

 

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Information on our programs is coming soon.

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UPCOMING EVENT
Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian

BLAC, Inc. continues to provide the public a look into the history of the arts in Oklahoma and beyond. February 22, 2014 BLAC, Inc. will be proud to present Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian:

BLAC, Inc. presents

Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian
A Musical Theatre Production

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Frederick A. Douglass Auditorium
Oklahoma City, OK

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Program begins at 5:30 p.m.. FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
For more info call 405-524-3800.

Sponsorship provided by: AD Astra Foundation, Oklahoma Humanities Council. Oklahoma celebrates Ralph Ellison, 100 years.

Go to the following link to learn more about the performance:

http://www.kswo.com/story/24426198/lawton-gets-in-touch-with-history

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