Q&A - September 15, 2017

No matter how busy our lives get, there’s always time for the things that matter most to us. We put in long hours at our jobs and still find time for family and friends. We perform all the necessary tasks and assignments in our lives and somehow still have time left over to watch our favorite television shows or for the social activities we enjoy. We prioritize our time for the things that matter. Later this month, one of my new favorite events in town, known as “Food for Thought,” will determine the muralist who will paint the east exterior wall of our Grand Old Post Office building downtown. I’m very excited to share details of this upcoming event in response to this week’s inquiry.

Q: I’ve heard that you recently requested proposals from artists to design the mural on OSUIT’s student lofts building downtown. Will the community have an opportunity to see these proposals and provide input?

You bet! From the start of this project, we knew we wanted to create an opportunity for public art, and the east wall of the GOPO building provided the perfect canvas. As the construction continued, we were approached by the Main Street Design Committee to consider including the mural as the focus for this year’s Food for Thought, an annual event that seeks out and provides funding for public art in downtown Okmulgee. We couldn’t ask for a better partner or event to help us involve the larger community in our decision-making.

Now that OSUIT has reviewed the submissions, we are happy to report that four artists and artist teams will be presenting their renderings for the community to review at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Okmulgee Community Center located at 7th & Kern. Come out and enjoy a nice meal while hearing each artist showcase their design. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from a Main Street board member or at the Main Street office (6th & Grand). Your ticket allows you a vote at the end of the evening. Once the muralist or team has been selected, we will set a date for installation to occur in time for the Grand Old Post Office building’s dedication.

If the community of Okmulgee is truly important to you, you should be able to find time in your busy schedules to volunteer to one of its causes or to attend one of its festivals. The Food for Thought event is a great way for all of us to help support the exciting things happening in downtown Okmulgee. We need as many people from the community as possible to attend this dinner event and to vote for their favorite wall mural and muralist.

If you really want to be part of the improvements happening in town, don’t just read about them in the newspaper—get involved. This is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that the future and appearance of Okmulgee is one of the things that truly matters to you. 

If you have more questions about OSUIT or our involvement in downtown, please send them to me at osuit-president@okstate.edu