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.

Information on our programs is coming soon.

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UPCOMING EVENT
Anita Arnold
Exceeding Expectations Against Devastating Odds: A Throwback to the "Good old days"

Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 2:00 P.M.

Cameron University Library, Lawton, OK

Since 1991, Anita Arnold has served as Executive Director of BLAC, Inc. Ms. Arnold is a former executive of the U.S. Postal Service where she had the responsibility for national information systems for Real Estate and Buildings of the Postal Service. She was the second highest level female Postal Service executive in the country. Ms. Arnold is a retired district manager of AT&T Consumer Products where she managed a $1.8 billion product line of purchased data products and is owner of Investment Brokerage Company and Argos properties. She is the recipient of the coveted Governor's Arts Award and the Pathmakers of Oklahoma City/County Award. She was a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Advisory committee for three years. She received the 2010 Oklahoma Human Rights Award. She is author of four cultural history books: "Charlie and the Deuce," "Legendary Times and Tales of Second Street," "The Charlie Christian Photo Album" and "Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond."

Other distinguished achievements include: Member of the Democratic Site Selection Committee for the 1988 Democratic Convention held in Atlanta, GA. Member of task force that created the AT&T Foundation in 1984. Appointed by Mayor Ron Norick to serve on task force to create the Oklahoma National Memorial and served as Co-chair of the Archives Committee. She is founder of the AT&T employee organization The Alliance, established in 1983 that has a membership of over 10,000 members nationwide. Ms. Arnold is one of the Uncrowned Queens of Oklahoma and was instrumental in the publication of this book of state-wide "sheroes." In 2012, she was selected as Multi-Cultural Citizen of the Year by the Multi-Cultural Institute of Oklahoma and is a recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma State 2012 Creative Women of Oklahoma Award.

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