OKM Music Plans Year-Round Programming, New Look
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (Nov. 10, 2017) — Officials with OKM Music have expanded its vision to provide access to the arts through year-round programming, music education, community collaboration, and all-inclusive concert performances. The organization sports a new name, new website and new logo.
Originally known as the OK Mozart International Festival, the event kicked off in 1985, bringing world-renowned performing artists and musicians to an exemplary concert hall in Bartlesville, Okla. Initially classical music, organizers began to include other genres along the way to attract a more diverse audience.
“We are embracing all genres of music to provide a better quality of life to area residents because we believe music matters,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, OKM board chairwoman. “However, classical music is still part of the festival, and we believe that classical music is the inspiration for the other genres.”
According to Mihm, year-round programming will take a primary focus. From increased children’s music activities and master classes to a summer conservatory, OKM seeks to broaden youth’s exposure to music.
To support youth education, OKM sponsors programs such as No Child Clef Behind, which gets instruments in the hands of those who need them, and two new scholarships to assist youth pursuing music careers.
Besides the June music festival, which features all genres of music, events such as Oktoberfest, pop-up concerts, travel club, Christkindl Market, a spring USO gala, and musical collaborations with local restaurants will bring more culture and music to more people.
“Many of our patrons and local businesses requested we offer more cultural and musical experiences throughout the year to improve the quality of life here, thus helping to attract and retain employees. And we are excited to appeal to the younger generations who enjoy attending local arts events,” said Mihm.
Now called OKM Music, the new moniker is more representative of all the organization has to offer, including celebrating all types of music.
“We believe that our new name ties in the past with the future as OK Mozart had affectionately been known as OKM for about seven years,” she said.
The new logo is clean, simple, but contemporary, said Mihm. In addition, the revamped website, which launched Nov. 3, boasts a new look that is easier to navigate; contains education, program and event information; and shows the different levels of membership, its benefits, and a simpler way to support OKM’s mission.
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