BLAC, Inc announces Charlie Christian International Music Festival 2024

Anita Arnold, Executive Director of Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Inc., announced that the 2024 Charlie Christian International Music Festival (CCIMF) will kick off at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at the Oklahoma City Hall Council Chambers, located on the third floor of 200 N. Walker Avenue, where Mayor David Holt will proclaim May 31 – June 1, 2024 as “Charlie Christian International Festival Week” in Oklahoma City. Morris McCraven & Friends will provide a musical prelude to the festival lineup. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., the public is welcome and admission is free.

The 2024 CCIMF will be held at the Bryant Event Center, 2200 North Bryant Avenue in Oklahoma City for two days of festival fun on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2024. Save the dates for this festival of headliners, featuring Saxophonist Grady Nichols, Vocalist Chanda Graham, Guitarist Jabee Williams, Violinist Paula Carter, Musician Jeffrey Smith, Guitarist Maurice Johnson, and more!
Great fun, music and more will make May 31-June 1, 2024 a weekend to remember. Ticket information is coming soon. In the meantime, please call BLAC, Inc. at (405) 524-3800 or send email to with questions or comments.

2024 Annual Statewide Professional Development Conference for Artists and Educators

Arts Integration: “Engaging the Community and Meeting the Needs of Students”

This one-day conference will feature Kennedy Center Arts Integration Workshops in Math, Comprehension, Science, and Classroom Management. Don’t miss the power-packed plenary session that includes a special presentation by Ms. Jeanette McCune, Senior Director of School and Community Programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Monday, February 19, 2024

From 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Metro-Tech Conference Center

1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc (BLAC) receives Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant

Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc (BLAC) announces that it is among a select group of regional organizations to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance American Rescue Plan Grant. This award will support exposure to our community in performing ru1s, education, music, dance, and theater in Oklahoma City. Our mission is to use the vehicle of fine atis to provide the total community of Oklahoma with exposure to the African, African American/Black culture with a special emphasis on educating Oklahoma’s youth.

Funding for BLAC, Inc’s Mid-America Arts Alliance grant is drawn from generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma (your state art agency), and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Mid-America atis alliance, the nation’s oldest regional arts organization, was founded in 1972 to foster cultural growth in heartland communities. Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens and supports artist, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of underserved communities by providing high quality meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services.