Arts and Entertainment
Ardmore's cultural and entertainment opportunities make it a model for other communities of its size, while at the same time garnering a reputation throughout the area for its dynamic venues. Nowhere is there more evidence that the arts are alive than at the Charles B. Goddard Center. This landmark is home to such local talent as the Ardmore Little Theater, The Community Chorale Society, the Southern Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Council, The Ardmore Art Guild, and the Southern Oklahoma Children's Chorus. The Goddard Center features a permanent exhibit of western and contemporary art as well as exhibits spotlighting local artisans and their work. In addition to the permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits and activities are scheduled throughout 2006-2007, featuring the Oklahoma Centennial exhibit, the Moscow Boys Choir, and much more. Information on current and upcoming events can be accessed online at www.goddardcenter.org. Adjacent to the Goddard Center on First Avenue and E Street is the Ardmore Studios Building, which houses art classes for both children and adults. The art instructors are degreed, practicing artists who adapt their instruction to a variety of skill levels.
The Ardmore Little Theater (www.ardmorelittletheatre.com), celebrating its 50th anniversary, is one of the state's first and premiere groups of its kind. Featuring local talent with guest directors, several Broadway plays and musicals are produced each year. In addition to the Little Theater, other area art venues include the Brass Ring Performing Arts Center and Carousel Productions which provide training and performances in vocal music, theater and dance. The Tivoli Theater and Heritage Hall, each located in historic downtown, provide an exciting atmosphere for a variety of entertainment options.
Vocal studio: Susan Pfau Yeager is a vocal performer with over 20 years experience performing professionally throughout Europe and the US. She offers private lessons in both vocal music and acting for ages 14-adult.
Visual Art and Photography Studio: Traci Martin is an artist working professionally in photography and other visual media. She offers private lessons in drawing, painting, and photography for ages 10-adult. Martin does fine art photography in addition to portrait and commercial work.
The arts are alive and well! In 2005, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce introduced its 'Art in Public Places' program. This program was initiated by the Chamber on New Year's Day with the unveiling of the sculpture 'Into the Sun' and encourages local businesses to invest in art for display in public areas. 'Circle of Peace', the newest project, is a bronze work which has been placed at the Ardmore Community Water Park. Matching grant funds are available to those wishing to participate in the 'Art in Public Places' program.