Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while finding out what my Patronus is.
DON’T BE A LONE RANGER THIS FRIDAY
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Silver Soirée fundraiser season! It’s no coincidence that soirée rhymes with par-tay, because this is the biggest party ever to hit Norman, Oklahoma. Last year was the inaugural Silver Soirée event, where we invited the community to join the over-40-year legacy of Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s membership association. This year, we want you to break out your dancing shoes and show up to help us celebrate the legacy of our longtime museum members.
HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE THE LEGACY?
We are so proud to say that many of our members have been supporting the museum consecutively for 10, 15, and even 20 years. At the Silver Soirée, we will invite these members on stage and publicly thank them for their dedication to supporting the museum! Since 1974, the support from our members has allowed the association to add more than 70 works to the FJJMA’s permanent collection.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Our FJJMA association board’s event planning committee has been working nonstop to create a fantastic evening. Following the member’s recognition, be dazzled by our unique variety show! Local talent will present LED poi spinning, lighted trick hooping, unicycling, and performers from Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, and Perpetual Motion will present an eclectic assortment of dance performances.
WALK ME THROUGH THE NIGHT
The theme is ‘silver,’ and we encourage you to interpret that however you see fit–jeans with silver shoes, a sequin-covered ball gown, a chic black cocktail dress with silver jewelry–whatever flips your skirt up. If you arrive between 7-8 p.m., you’ll be greeted by stilt walkers at the entrance of Legacy Park! Once you pick up your tickets at Will Call (or purchase them at the door), stroll along our Red Carpet style step-and-repeat photo op to commemorate your pre-dancing hairdo. Once you enter the party, grab one of our signature cocktails or your favorite drink from the open bar! Our signature cocktail this year is the Elderflower martini, which combines Elderflower liqueur with vodka, champagne, lime juice and white cranberry juice for a snappy, fruity sip. If you’re feeling peckish, fill a plate with hors d’oeuvres generously catered by Benvenuti’s Italian Ristorante. Once you’ve sampled several of our signature cocktails, hit the dance floor as the Royal Dukes jam covers of your favorite hits. Earlier in the evening, you’ll hear some sultry Big Band and jazz numbers, and as the sun goes down and the stars come out, the party will turn up with Top 40 hits.
WHY SHOULD I GIVE YOU MY MONEY?
The amount raised from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Silver Soirée fundraiser will go toward the purchase of a new acquisition for our museum’s permanent collection. Curious to know what we’re purchasing with the proceeds?? Find out in person as we reveal the work at the Silver Soirée!
WHO’S PAYING FOR THIS THING?
We cannot describe how incredibly grateful we are to have an immense amount of support from our community! Without our generous sponsors, the Silver Soirée would not be possible.
The Silver Soirée is Friday, Sept. 23 from 7-11 p.m. You can buy your tickets at the door, or you can take the no-stress approach and buy them online. Member tickets are $75, and non-member tickets are $100. The evening is a come-and-go event, so feel free to show up fashionably late–but keep in mind that the entertainment is constantly changing throughout the evening, so you might miss something spectacular!
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FIND A COUPON FOR FREE CHEESY BREAD FROM PIZZA SHUTTLE:
This is a really good deal. That’s also what you should be saying about your non-member ticket purchase! When you buy that $100 ticket, you receive a FREE one year membership to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art! That means exclusive member previews and receptions for exhibitions, discounts on all members trips (we’re going to Marfa, TX in November!), discounts on ticketed events, and SO MUCH MORE! Check it all out here.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND BUYS A MATTRESS FROM THE THRIFT STORE:
College students are broke. We know this, but we also know that if there’s anything students love, it’s a fabulous party! That’s why we’re offering a special rate for students who are 21 and over! Visit Event Brite and you’ll see the $25 student option! That’s less than the cost of four Taco Supreme combos from Taco Bell–so, like, you’ll probably actually be saving money this Friday night by going to the Silver Soirée. Just a little something to think about.
THINGS TO KNOW
Dress code (not a secret language that dresses use to communicate with each other): A dress code is typically a set level of formality for attire at a particular event–and we’re happy to say that (aside from us requiring that you wear clothes) there is NO dress code for the Silver Soirée! If you want to wear an electrically-lit silver bodysuit, a silver faux-fir ball gown, or a pair of jeans with silver flats–we would fully support all of those decisions. If you’re needing some inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.