Second Friday, sponsored by The Elms Hotel, is a local celebration of the arts. Beginning at 6 pm on the second Friday of each month (except January & July). This free event includes music, new art exhibitions opening reception, open 3rd Floor Studios and ArtShop.
OCAC's first ever Ox Wow Fest! lighting up the building and grounds with creations by Chris Adryan and Grace Huddleston.
Opening reception at 6 pm for new exhibitions featuring:
- Mexican Retablos Collection
- Chinese Art and Culture exhibit by the Confucius Institute featuring a Music Display, Wedding Display, Calligraphy Display, and a Tea display.The Confucius Institute at Miami University, Oxford Ohio, is proud to be the first Confucius Institute in Ohio set up in conjunction with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).In the changing world, the Confucius Institute at Miami University serves as a platform for the internationalization of current and future Miami People. It fosters an attitude of globalization and eagerness to study Chinese language and culture. In addition, the Institute operates as a host outreach program, helping the community and state of Ohio learn how to adapt to the changing global economy. The Confucius Institute is dedicated to promoting the study of Chinese language, culture, and philosophy, and furthers the understanding of China today. Lastly, the Confucius Institute extends Chinese language and cultural offerings across the Miami and Oxford communities.
As part of the special Second Friday celebration, on Friday, February 8, OCAC will be displaying the Peace Poles made by our newly created middle school art club. The ART CLUB led by local artist, Joe Prescher, is a collaboration between OCAC and Talawanda Middle School. The club members have created and painted Peace Poles that will be displayed and sold as part of the special Second Friday celebration OX-WOW Fest.
The creation of peace poles is part of an international movement that celebrates community. When you plant a Peace Pole in your community, you are linking with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace. The message on the poles in different languages is: May Peace Prevail on Earth
Join us in celebrating our 11-13 year old artists. All proceeds of the poles go to continue the Art Club.
Performance at 7:30: Tammy L. Kernodle, is a critically acclaimed scholar, teacher, musician, activist. A highly sought-after lecturer and performer, Kernodle specializes in how race and gender impact the socio-political, and spiritual aspects of African-American music. She served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City from 1999 until 2001 and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NPR, and the BBC. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and anthologies. Kernodle is the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams and served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music. She served as a scholarly consultant for the National Museum of African American Music and Culture’s inaugural exhibits entitled “Musical Crossroads” and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band and Girls in the Band. In 2018, she was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Medallion, the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service. The Company is a collective of musicians that have collaborated with Kernodle in recent years on a project called “She Sang Freedom,” which chronicles that ways in which women musicians used music to mass mobilize communities in the fight for racial equality and social change. Tonight’s performance features Tanya Cox (bass) and Robbie Wilson (drums).