What once was abandoned in Norman will be transformed

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NORMAN, Okla. – A local organization is looking to help revitalize downtown Norman in an unusual way.

The Norman Arts Council is turning an abandoned lumber yard in downtown Norman into a month-long public arts initiative they are calling StART.

The goal of StART is to turn the vacant space into a vibrant downtown destination for the community.

This free event will kick-off with a grand re-opening celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 11 on the southwest corner of W. Main Street and Webster Avenue.

There will be multiple exhibits that will feature multiple forms of art.

One exhibit of the reimagined Main Street block will be Threshold: the promised land, a month-long art exhibition featuring 13 artists from Oklahoma, a film room, and a collaborative mural.

The other exhibit, ‘Space,’ will feature live music, poetry, performance art, theatrical dance, art workshops and lectures throughout the month.

To help put this vision together, over 30 Better Block Norman volunteers will help transform this property through temporary alterations and improvement to provide the community a glimpse of what life around downtown could be like.

According to Erinn Gavaghan, executive director for the Norman Arts Council,  the NAC’s StART Norman initiative was born out of the idea that the arts can have a positive and lasting change in a community.

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