Our Town

Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma




Large bridge-like structure against the night sky.

Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197-foot-tall sculpture. The bridge's soaring architecture was inspired by Oklahoma's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher and is illuminated nightly with LED lights to welcome visitors to downtown. The design team is SXL in collaboration with MKEC Engineering. Photo courtesy of OKC Conventioner.

The NEA grant will support a public art master plan to successfully implement and leverage the city's One Percent for Art Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, requires that one percent of any new construction budget commissioned by the city be allocated to public art. A public art master plan will provide procedural guidance and policy recommendations for reviewing and commissioning public art in Oklahoma City.

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs will partner with the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma to improve the artist selection process, maximize artistic quality, and engage the broader arts community in planning for public art. An estimated 250 people will be actively engaged in the community cultural planning process. The population of Oklahoma City is 563,000, with an additional population of 94,000 that commute to the city for work.