In celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2019, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is pleased to join Oklahoma Contemporary as the presenting sponsor of Erwin Redl: Whiteout at Campbell Art Park.
Originally commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City, the outdoor art installation will visit Oklahoma City’s Campbell Art Park at Northwest 11th Street and Broadway Avenue along historic Automobile Alley, October 2018 to March 2019. Whiteout is free for all ages to enjoy and best experienced during the hours from twilight to dawn.
“In celebration of 50 years of connecting people with causes they care about, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is excited to help bring this world-class art installation to the community as the presenting sponsor. We have a long partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary, and with Whiteout being installed right down the street from our office in Automobile Alley, it was a perfect fit for our 50th anniversary celebration.”
Whiteout is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are not fixed and can move with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns, superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment of urban public space across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.
During October, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will distribute more than $8 million to 360 charitable organizations serving central Oklahoma. The annual funding comes from the Community Foundation’s charitable organization endowment program, which is the largest permanent endowment program for nonprofits in the nation.
“We are honored to manage endowments for our community’s nonprofits,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This program provides an important source of funding to help ensure vital charitable services and programs will continue.”
Charities receiving funding have permanent endowment funds at the Community Foundation and serve central Oklahoma in areas such as education, health care, social services, arts and culture.
“Oklahoma City Ballet’s endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation guarantees the long-term success of our growing company and thriving programs,” said Jo Lynne Jones, the John Kirkpatrick executive director of the Oklahoma City Ballet. “We look forward to building our investment with the foundation for years to come.”
“Our endowment fund helps Jesus House sustain our operation and the distribution comes at a great time as we know summer months can be slow giving months,” said Michael Bateman, Jesus House executive director. “Thanks to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for being a valued resource and partner in helping us continue our service to the community.”
To learn how to make a gift to one of the 360 charitable organization endowments, visit occf.org/coegift.