Parks in Focus Photos at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art May 16 through June 2, 2013

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Photographs taken by middle school youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County who participated in our fall 2012 and spring 2013 Parks in Focus pilot programs will be on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from Thursday, May 16 through June 2, 2013.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Inasmuch Foundation, Parks in Focus ­conducted two pilot programs that put digital cameras in the hands of more than 40 Boys & Girls Club youth (ages 9 to 12) and guided them on a series of afterschool and weekend outings to local parks and natural areas including Martin Park, Myriad Gardens, Roman Nose State Park and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The photographs on display portray the adventures they had and the people, places, plants and animals they met along the way.

“The Parks in Focus experiences for Boys & Girls Club members were amazing, and we look forward to providing similar opportunities for more of our members in the future,” said Jane Sutter, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. “Allowing the youth to experience nature through the lens of a camera was truly a transformational experience, and the wonderful photographs they took are visual reminders of their unleashed creativity.”

The photographs will be on display in the Founders Hall from Thursday, May 16 through June 2, 2013. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Bret Muter at muter@udall.gov or 520.603.0739.

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