NewView Oklahoma, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that provides services to help people with all degrees of visual impairment live more independently, will host a unique event to help people better understand some of the challenges face the visually impaired.
The “Blackout Banquet” will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Summit Club, 15 W. Sixth St. Event attendees will be served a four-course meal prepared by Summit Club chef William Lyle — which guests eat blindfolded.
NewView Oklahoma staff members will be on hand to guide guests through the meal, helping them better understand what everyday life is like for a blind person.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by pianist Mark Bryan, a musician from Tulsa who for many years performed nightly at the Celebrity Club restaurant and is himself blind.
Founded in 1949, NewView Oklahoma’s mission is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired, maximizing their opportunities for independence at all stages of life.
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The organization operates two comprehensive low vision centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, which provide unique vision rehabilitation services to people living with blindness and vision loss, as well as assessments and low vision solutions and devices to People with Disabilities. vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, surgery, or medication.
Tickets are $250 or $2,000 for a table of six. For more information, email [email protected]
Indigenous Arts AllianceThe Route 66 Native Arts Alliance will host two special events, a fundraising gala and an art exhibit, July 8 and 9 in Catoosa.
The gala, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. July 8 at the Bella Donna Event Center, 2188 Oklahoma 167, will include a Native American fashion show, featuring traditional and contemporary designs; an auction ; and the recognition of Victoria Mitchell Vasquez as a Cherokee National Treasure for her ongoing efforts to support Indigenous art. Festival tickets are $125 and sponsorships are available.
The Native Arts Festival will be held July 9 at the Vault Gallery, 1801 Oklahoma 66. Hours for this free festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature work by a number of prominent Native artists, including Ron Mitchell, Dan Corley, Steven Mashburn, Steven Morales, Crystal Hanna, Clancy Gray, Risi Thelander, Jerry Bob Henry, Traci Rabbit, Nelson Garcia, Jon Tiger, Gwen Coleman Lester, RE Stinson, Debra Kurth, and Anita Caldwell Jackson. The festival will also feature performances, food trucks and other activities.
For more information: nativeartsalliance.org.