There was no denying that Okmulgee brought the biggest contingent to the Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet, an event that honors Main Street organizations from cities and towns across the state.Every time the town was mentioned, the group of about 35 people representing Okmulgee Main Street and OSU Institute of Technology would clap and cheer louder than any other group in attendance. And Okmlugee was said a lot.
In the eyes of Yatika Starr Fields, the east-facing wall on the old Western Union building in downtown Okmulgee waited nearly 100 years to fulfill its true purpose.Fields, a Stillwater native who is of Osage and Creek descent, is painting a mural on the building, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Morton Avenue.
Area musicians, it’s time to warm up those vocal chords for the Voices of Okmulgee competition later this month at the historic downtown Orpheum Theatre.The competition ties into this year’s OrangeFest headliner, and The Voice winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, who will perform April 11 on the OSU Institute of Technology campus.
Okmulgee Rising, the downtown revitalization movement that has gained momentum over the last year, now has its own brand thanks to OSU Institute of Technology graphic design students.School of Visual Communications instructor Mary Miller had the 17 students in her Identity and Branding class each come up with a logo and campaign for Okmulgee Rising. The students spent six weeks developing an identity package that included a logo design, brochure, motion graphic, web design, and social media meme. Faculty then narrowed the field to their top three finalists: Jennifer Jackson, Becca Patton and Abbey Robnett.
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