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Midnight Streak 5K helps back Oklahoma Contemporary art education programs

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  • Quit Nguyen

Along with the campaign to bankroll plans for a new arts campus in Midtown, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center continues its mission to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. To help fund these endeavors, Oklahoma Contemporary invites everyone out for a run.

Midnight Streak opens early at 6 p.m. Saturday with access to Oklahoma Contemporary’s Guerrilla Art Park sculpture installation exhibition. Admission is free. The 5K starts at 8 p.m. at Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary, 1146 N. Broadway Drive, the location of the future arts campus. Registration is $35. An after-party begins 9 p.m. at the venue, and tickets are $15.

The run, now in its twelfth year, raises funds for Oklahoma Contemporary’s education programs. The organization hosts multiple events to bring art experiences — including art camps for youths ages 5 to 16 every summer, fall, winter and spring break — to children.

“We have about 3,000 kids per year come through for our youth camps, workshops and other activities,” said Lori Brooks, Oklahoma Contemporary director of communication.

Brooks said camp costs are higher than registration fees and events like Midnight Streak help underwrite the difference.

“We also do, once a month, a free family workshop where parents, grandparents or any family groups can bring their kids in and create art together,” Brooks said about a monthly education event funded by the run. “We have a hands-on area of every exhibit that we do, so you can come in to see something in the gallery and there’s an area where your kids can create art.”

The 5K course circles from the starting line on N. Broadway Drive through Automobile Alley, Midtown and Heritage Hills and ends where it begins.

“We’ve been told by a number of runners that it is one of the best courses in town,” Brooks said.

All finishers receive a die-cut medal in the shape of a crescent moon. The top finishers in each age group are awarded a ceramic piece created in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studio.

“Whether you are a serious runner or whether you want to come out and walk it, it works for all of those people,” Brooks said.

The run is only part of the night’s activities.

The Guerrilla Art Park features a 7-foot foam Tyrannosaurus rex and multiple welded art pieces. There are also individual and collaborative art pieces for families to take part in. Food trucks and Kona Ice will be on-site. Brooks said Oklahoma Contemporary will be grilling.

“In addition to the 5K, it’s sort of a festival atmosphere out there that night. There are food trucks and a DJ. There are kids’ art activities and face painting all wrapped up in that evening,” Brooks said. “Then you have the race and it ends with an after-party.”

All runners receive three drink tickets for the after-party, Brooks said. Admission for non-runners is $15, which includes three drink tickets.

Print headline: Guerrilla in the midst, Oklahoma Contemporary celebrates a dozen years of its Midnight Streak event with dinosaurs, grilling and an after-party

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