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Jerrod Smith calls The Society “a community-driven, creative environment ... in the most progressive arts district in OKC.”

Emily Summars August 10th, 2011


The Society is not a Big Brother-esque group, but a new space in the Plaza District: part studio space, part living space and part warehouse space.

“The Society is a community-driven, collective art space that pushes big ideas,” said Jerrod Smith, facilitator of the venue. “Here’s this collective space. Show up with your ideas and let’s see if we can help each other make things we’re passionate about.”

He got the idea for The Society from his painting studio in school — an open space, he said, where he’d always bump into people he knew.

“There are creative people all over OKC, and a lot don’t have the space they need,” Smith said. “Creativity is centered around community: showing up every day, being serious about your work, but having other people who keep you accountable, give you advice or notes on what you’re doing. It’s a space where you can dream really big, and as a community, we make that happen.”

Kicking it off right, The Society hosts a launch party from 7 to 11 p.m.

Friday, followed by an after party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Both are at the studio, 1609 Blackwelder, Suite 4.

The free party comes complete with music from Jabee, food trucks, live BMX demonstrations and live painting. At the after party, cover is $5, but includes another set by Jabee and an open bar.

For more information, visit —Emily Summars

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