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Local artists, local businesses, local fun – the first Rogers County Winter Art Crawl is here in Claremore, Friday Nov. 8.
Cherokee National Treasure Clesta Martin-Manley will headline the show with paintings for sale at Will Rogers Memorial Museum beginning at 4 p.m., with dozens of local artists on display at other locations around town.
“We have over 80 pieces of amazing art from the community,” said art crawl organizer Grace Ballard, including pieces by students at Sequoyah and Claremore Christian High Schools.
Live entertainment begins at 4 p.m. with a sing-off competition at J. Farley’s Pub and the RSU Woodwind Quintent performing at Will Rogers Memorial Museum.
Vote with your wallet during the sing-off competition by paying $1 to kick a singer off-stage, or to save your favorite from elimination.
Then at 5 p.m., head over to Main Street Tavern where folk singer/songwriter Susie McCombs will take the stage, followed by soul funk band Smoochie Wallus from 7 – 9 p.m. made possible by Foundations Behavioral Health. The bands will donate their tips to Healthy Community Partnership of Rogers County.
Claremore businesses participating in the art crawl include Tokyo Steakhouse, Main Street Tavern, She Brews Coffee House, Studio 99, Green Eyes Café, J. Farley’s, and Will Rogers Museum.
Stop by Tokyo Steakhouse or Will Rogers Museum at any point throughout the day to participate in the Hammett House Pie Raffle. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece.
Green Eyes Coffee will have $1 draft beer throughout the evening.
An art crawl is a perfect community fundraiser for Claremore, said HCP representative Catherine Heimdale.
“It draws art, artists and art fans to Claremore. Claremore has so much fun to offer,” Heimdale said.
The mission of Healthy Community Partnerships is to achieve lasting positive environmental change in Rogers County, to prevent substance abuse and to promote overall life-long wellness.
HCP was formed in March 2008 to combat substance abuse problems in the community. Through the efforts of HCP members, Rogers County now has nine permanent drop boxes where citizens may safely dispose of unused/unwanted prescription medications. HCP has also held many mobile take-back events.
Over the years, the coalition member agencies and volunteers have expanded efforts to include underage drinking, tobacco/vape control, improved access to healthy foods, the wellness of younger children, monthly digital newsletters, and healthy living projects such as RoCo Fit, Wednesday Walking PALs and the Will Rogers Park renovation.
“We want to raise funds so that we can continue to do all these great things all over Rogers County, not just in Claremore,” Heimdale said.
The art crawl also fits directly into HCP’s goal of providing a healthy community where children can grow up.
"There has been a lot of attention with the ACE study and trauma in Oklahoma recently, as Oklahoma has some of the highest ACE scores," Ballard said. "Events like this are protective factors for youth, which have been proven to help prevent and reduce trauma effects in youth. As well as art being an effective method to release emotion."
Almost every dollar spent on this event will go directly back into the community to fund HCP programs.
The Healthy Community Partnership is planning seasonal art crawls in April, June, Sept, and November each year.