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Art Symposium, Confluence, Free Family Day And A Bike Ride Entertain Your Week


The University of Oklahoma's School of Art and Art History hosts its Graduate Student Symposium this weekend. New Perspectives in Native American Art and Art of the American West takes place in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

The symposium begins with a reception and keynote address by the museum’s Director and Chief Curator Emily B. Neff on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m.

Two panels of presentations held by visiting graduate students begin Friday, September 5 at 9 a.m. Topics include the exploration and exploitation of land in the 19th century and contemporary earthworks in the West.

The eight student speakers represent some of the most prestigious Native American and Western Art programs in North America including the Art Institute of Chicago and the City University of New York.

Admission to the daylong Art History Graduate Student Symposium is free and open to the public.

Oklahoma’s digital creativity conference, Confluence 2014, returns to the Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District of downtown Oklahoma City Saturday.

A handful of the country’s leaders in branding, content marketing, search engine optimization and other digital topics give half-hour lectures from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m

Founder of the social shopping application ISITaYES and VP of Consumer Marketing at Porch Joanna Lord delivers this year’s keynote speech at 4:30 p.m.

Lord has spoken at some of the world’s preeminent digital marketing conferences such as Moz Con and the Dublin Web Summit. Her lecture, ‘The Future of Brand’, offers strategies for building brand loyalty on the web.

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The schedule also features presentations by the founder of iThemes.com Cory Miller, award-winning movie director Kyle Roberts and Fortune 500 IT specialist from Silicon Valley Prashant Pruri.

Confluence is open to techies of all stripes, whether they’re business executives, bloggers, journalists or entrepreneurs. Registration (which comes with a complimentary t-shirt) begins on-site at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, or can be found by clicking here.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) hosts its bi-annual Free Family Day from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The event features continuous children's activities like storytelling with staff from the Metropolitan Library System and an interactive game where youngsters identify certain pieces of art by using their sense of smell.

Adults enjoy live art demonstrations and special presentations in OKCMOA’s Noble Theater.

Free Family Day concludes with the New York International Children’s Film Festival: Kid Flix Mix from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

The Kid Flix Mix is North America’s largest showcase of film specifically catered to children and teens. The program incorporates twelve animated shorts from around the globe.

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Also, Schlegel Bicycles invites cyclists of all experience levels to ride through downtown Oklahoma City under a full moon Tuesday, September 9.

The group meets at the Myriad Botanical Gardens band shell before departing at 8:30 p.m. The ride lasts about an hour and proceeds at a leisurely pace through a pre-designated route.

Helmets and lights are required to participate in the Full Moon Bike Ride. Admission is free but organizers suggest a $5 donation per rider.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's event listings page.


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