More than two years ago, I met Dacia Hooks during auditions for The Color Purple at Poteet Theatre in Oklahoma City. We hit it off, hung out, laughed, and talked shop. A friendship quickly developed, and we began discussing our mutual love of the arts. We also discovered our diverse gifts and talents which, although different, complemented one another rather well. We were both cast in The Color Purple, and after many talks that seemed to always find their way back to art, a prevailing thought emerged: We live in a community that is full of talented artists of all varieties, many of whom don’t know each other or aren’t as supportive of one another as we could be.
We would discuss various events around town that one or the other of us had attended and thoroughly enjoyed, but the other knew absolutely nothing about. Someone would mention an artist, group, restaurant, play or event that we had experienced, provoking the other to envy. This cultural one-upmanship reached new heights when Purple was over and we both went on to new pursuits ourselves. We came out to support one another in plays and events around town. We each boasted of having met some artist or visited some venue of which the other had no knowledge. We affectionately gave each person the other dated the same nickname, playfully denoting the person’s lack of culture. Several of her prospective male suitors were named “Rufus” by be. Many of my female acquaintances were dubbed “Eesha” by her. I even came up with a song called “Don’t Go Chasin Rufuses.” At some point we realized the madness had to stop. Or not. As fun as it was, we both realized that lack of culture is no laughing matter. Oh, wait, actually it is.
Anyhoo, I digress. Our affinity for the arts in common, we began to discuss our educational backgrounds (Dacia’s business administration and mine in information technology), as well as our entrepreneurial drives, and a thought was born: Let’s merge our strengths to contribute to the revitalization and cohesiveness of the cultural arts community. This thought grew and expanded for quite some time, and spurred research and analysis, culminating in what would come to be referred to as Culturocity.
Culturocity is a network of cultural artists coming together for the common good and the promotion of the arts within the local community. It originates within the Oklahoma City metropolitan area (ocity) and will ultimately expand to communities across the globe. It will spotlight prominent artists as well as up and coming talent in the area. Culturocity will serve as a hub for information about upcoming events such as concerts, plays, premieres and more. It will allow individual artists of all genres to network with one another, gain exposure and learn about potential gigs, auditions, educational opportunities and more. It will feature reviews of events at area venues, as well as the opportunity for the community to write reviews themselves.
Culturocity is not just for artists either. It is a community for anyone interested in the arts. It is not limited to those of any ethnic, social, educational or cultural background. It will provide the entire community with a gateway to informed exposure to the arts.
The official launch date of Culturocity.com is Friday, October 25, 2013.
Brian C. Scott, Managing Editor, Culturocity.com