In the Arts District of Ada you can experience a wide variety of cultural and artistic activities. Located downtown, the Arts District of Ada includes galleries, shops, restaurants, the McSwain Theatre, the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, a sculpture garden, the Centennial Plaza, historic buildings, and numerous events.
Events and News
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May 25 - August 21, 2015 - Faculty and Alumni Invitational Exhibit: 105 Years of Art at ECU, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
August 25 - Ada Fest - ECU Centennial Plaza http://www.adafestoklahoma.org
August 25 - September 25, 2015 - Blake Morgan, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
September 26, 2015 - Blake Shelton Blvd - 1901 Fest
September 29 - October 23, 2015 - 61st Annual Faculty Exhibit, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
October 6, 2015 @ 7:30pm - Chicago Tap Theater - Ataloa, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
October 8 - 10, 2015 2 7:30pm - The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) - Chalmers Herman Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
October 27 - November 24, 2015 - Erin Shaw, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
November 30 - December 11, 2015 - Senior Exhibits, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
January 11 - February 11, 2016 - Kristi Wyatt, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
January 21, 2016 @ 7:30pm - Broadway's Next H!t Musical, Ataloa Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
February 15 - March 11, 2016 - ECU 3D Program Exhibit, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
March 3 - 5, 2016 @ 7:30pm - Fiddler on the Roof, Ataloa Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
March 21 - April 21, 2016 -61st Annual Student Exhibit, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
April 7, 2016 @ 7:30pm - Molly Ringwald, Ataloa Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
April 8 - 10, 2016 @ 7:30pm - Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Chalmers Herman Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
April 25 - May 6, 2016 - Senior Exhibits, Pogue Art Gallery, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
You can also contact the following organizations or look at their websites for additional event information.
If you have events in the Arts District that you would like posted, please send the information including a link to a website and/or a downloadable flyer to Bridget Forshay at email@example.com.
Arts District In the News!
Block Party for Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton - Bringing Back the Sunshine
Arts District Map
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The ECU Arts Business Incubator, located in the Arts District of Ada is an excellent opportunity to start your arts related business. For information on locating an arts-related business within the Arts District or for information on the Artist Incubator visit the Incubator page.
Arts District Ordinance
The Arts District of Ada has a unique-to-Ada ordinance that guides the development and future changes within the Arts District boundaries. The ordinance was developed through a a year and a half long effort by a committee of people from all over the community. The ordinance is designed to encourage mixed use development in a wide range of uses within the Arts District and seeks to preserve the characteristic feel of a pedestrian friendly area. Some of the existing business uses were grandfathered in when the ordinance was passed. The ordinance may be found at Municode.com. To inquire further about the ordinance, contact the City of Ada Code Enforcement Office.
The feasibility study for the Arts District of Ada was made possible by funding based on a unique proposal with the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development who simultaneously awarded East Central University with two different grants for grassroots planning and business development. Totaling more than $600,000, these grants gave the community of Ada a voice in shaping and creating the Arts District of Ada. The grants were to help launch a cultural arts district. Representatives from area businesses, organizations, and the community provided and continue to provide leadership for the planning phase of the arts district.
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