Phoenix Circle Foundation

A CHARITABLE NONPROFIT DEDICATED TO BRINGING ARTS, CULTURAL, & EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND RESOURCE

Operating as usual

01/11/2022

I have registered with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful to participate in the GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP this spring and will be asking for volunteers, individuals and groups (Boy Scouts, employees of local businesses, the State Park staff, and students needing community service hours) to help pick up trash from the sides of the road along Highway 8A (the state highway that leads to Roman Nose State Park. The litter thrown along this highway is inexcusable. Our plan is to work the GAC in mid-April, so stay posted to learn of a specific date. The more people who volunteer, the quicker we can clean up the mile-long stretch of highway from the turn-off from Hwy 8 to the water tank just before the entrance to the Park.

I have registered with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful to participate in the GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP this spring and will be asking for volunteers, individuals and groups (Boy Scouts, employees of local businesses, the State Park staff, and students needing community service hours) to help pick up trash from the sides of the road along Highway 8A (the state highway that leads to Roman Nose State Park. The litter thrown along this highway is inexcusable. Our plan is to work the GAC in mid-April, so stay posted to learn of a specific date. The more people who volunteer, the quicker we can clean up the mile-long stretch of highway from the turn-off from Hwy 8 to the water tank just before the entrance to the Park.

01/09/2022

Sending out a BIG THANKS to everyone who supported the Phoenix Circle Foundation and its programs during the past year. We weren't as active in 2020 and 2021 as we had been in the past but continued to provide arts experiences in Watonga in spite of unexpected obstacles. We continued bringing live music to our town with the Oklahoma House Concert series, provided group and private art classes for children, increased our recycling efforts with the help of local businesses and the Senior Citizen Center, and supported other local organizations with volunteer hours and donations. We look forward to doing more in 2022 in our community to make Watonga a great place to live.

Sending out a BIG THANKS to everyone who supported the Phoenix Circle Foundation and its programs during the past year. We weren't as active in 2020 and 2021 as we had been in the past but continued to provide arts experiences in Watonga in spite of unexpected obstacles. We continued bringing live music to our town with the Oklahoma House Concert series, provided group and private art classes for children, increased our recycling efforts with the help of local businesses and the Senior Citizen Center, and supported other local organizations with volunteer hours and donations. We look forward to doing more in 2022 in our community to make Watonga a great place to live.

01/07/2022

COMMENTARY: Relevance 1/7/2022 (from artist Jenny Burrows)

I can’t forget a post I saw from a group member the other day about the violinist who was playing in a DC Metro Station. He played for 45 minutes with 2000 people who passed on their way to work and no one was paying any attention to his music, or at least very few. The crux of the story was this was a world-renowned violinist who had filled a concert hall two days earlier in Boston with an audience who had paid $100 each to hear him play. In the Metro he was playing one of Bach’s most intricate pieces ever written on a violin, and probably received less than $100 in tips that day. Go figure!
There were the children who were drawn to listen and tried to get their parents to let them have a few minutes to watch and listen. What does this mean? The children are the ones who saw the importance of this performance. They were the ones who wanted to take in this wonderful music. But their hurried parents wouldn’t take the time to allow the children to feast on this wonderful music.
What is the relevance here? What does this say about us as a society? One of my favorite things to comment about is for people to take time to stop, look, and listen to what is going on around them. You never know when or where you might see or hear a treasure! Do we need a reset button on us to bring us back down to reality to look hard at where we are going and the intent?
Being artists, we probably have an advantage over others for understanding this and allowing ourselves to be mindful of our surroundings and goings-on. We are more receptive to outside stimuli and don’t miss things as they are flying by. They are open to experiences in almost any setting.
Next time you see a street musician think of this famous violinist. You never know whose music you may have the privilege of hearing.
[This commentary applies to house concerts -- they are usually touring musicians who will stop and perform for little or no "door", and you never know when or where you'll see the next up and coming "star".]

COMMENTARY: Relevance 1/7/2022 (from artist Jenny Burrows)

I can’t forget a post I saw from a group member the other day about the violinist who was playing in a DC Metro Station. He played for 45 minutes with 2000 people who passed on their way to work and no one was paying any attention to his music, or at least very few. The crux of the story was this was a world-renowned violinist who had filled a concert hall two days earlier in Boston with an audience who had paid $100 each to hear him play. In the Metro he was playing one of Bach’s most intricate pieces ever written on a violin, and probably received less than $100 in tips that day. Go figure!
There were the children who were drawn to listen and tried to get their parents to let them have a few minutes to watch and listen. What does this mean? The children are the ones who saw the importance of this performance. They were the ones who wanted to take in this wonderful music. But their hurried parents wouldn’t take the time to allow the children to feast on this wonderful music.
What is the relevance here? What does this say about us as a society? One of my favorite things to comment about is for people to take time to stop, look, and listen to what is going on around them. You never know when or where you might see or hear a treasure! Do we need a reset button on us to bring us back down to reality to look hard at where we are going and the intent?
Being artists, we probably have an advantage over others for understanding this and allowing ourselves to be mindful of our surroundings and goings-on. We are more receptive to outside stimuli and don’t miss things as they are flying by. They are open to experiences in almost any setting.
Next time you see a street musician think of this famous violinist. You never know whose music you may have the privilege of hearing.
[This commentary applies to house concerts -- they are usually touring musicians who will stop and perform for little or no "door", and you never know when or where you'll see the next up and coming "star".]

01/05/2022

A REMINDER that there will be live music on Friday night (Jan 7) at the Whirlwind Winery, 109 E. Main St., Watonga, OK, starting at 6:30 PM -- come out for a date night and support live music and one of our local businesses!! FREE show sponsored by Phoenix Circle Foundation and the Chaparral Retreat. Tips to the musicians are appreciated.

A REMINDER that there will be live music on Friday night (Jan 7) at the Whirlwind Winery, 109 E. Main St., Watonga, OK, starting at 6:30 PM -- come out for a date night and support live music and one of our local businesses!! FREE show sponsored by Phoenix Circle Foundation and the Chaparral Retreat. Tips to the musicians are appreciated.

12/15/2021

Dear Friends, it's not too late to help Phoenix Circle Foundation while you shop on AMAZON through their Amazon Smile program. If you will designate our nonprofit as a beneficiary you want to support when you shop, Amazon will donate to our organization at no additional cost to you. It's not very much, but every penny counts to a small nonprofit organization such as Phoenix Circle Foundation. THANKS for your support!!

Dear Friends, it's not too late to help Phoenix Circle Foundation while you shop on AMAZON through their Amazon Smile program. If you will designate our nonprofit as a beneficiary you want to support when you shop, Amazon will donate to our organization at no additional cost to you. It's not very much, but every penny counts to a small nonprofit organization such as Phoenix Circle Foundation. THANKS for your support!!

11/08/2021

ART 4 FUND$ -- We host PAINT PARTIES to raise funds for your organization or cause, through our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION.
We can help your organization or cause raise funds through tax-deductible donations while providing your donors a fun experience with Art.
We provide all of the supplies and instructions for participants in a PAINT PARTY, where your supporters create their own piece of art and support your cause with a charitable donation. Each person who participates in the PAINT PARTY donates $35.00, and 50% of that fee will go to your organization or cause. You invite your friends, neighbors, and other supporters of your cause and we take care of the rest. You can also use the art created to raise more funds for your group by auctioning off the work of art! Contact Linda Barrett at 940-735-1065 for more information or to schedule an ART 4 FUND$ paint party!

ART 4 FUND$ -- We host PAINT PARTIES to raise funds for your organization or cause, through our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PHOENIX CIRCLE FOUNDATION.
We can help your organization or cause raise funds through tax-deductible donations while providing your donors a fun experience with Art.
We provide all of the supplies and instructions for participants in a PAINT PARTY, where your supporters create their own piece of art and support your cause with a charitable donation. Each person who participates in the PAINT PARTY donates $35.00, and 50% of that fee will go to your organization or cause. You invite your friends, neighbors, and other supporters of your cause and we take care of the rest. You can also use the art created to raise more funds for your group by auctioning off the work of art! Contact Linda Barrett at 940-735-1065 for more information or to schedule an ART 4 FUND$ paint party!

Mobile Uploads 09/15/2021

Mobile Uploads

A good reminder on a Monday morning. Thanks for all you do!

09/06/2021

Ian Leith will be playing his guitar at the Whirlwind Winery in Watonga OK on Thursday, Sept. 16, 6:30 PM - NO COVER but tips to the musician are appreciated. Make it a "date night"! Ian covers music from the '90's in addition to performing his own music. Come out for a "date night"!

My guitar was so jazzed from last night's gig at The Sidebar my Taylor grew a tail! See ya next First Friday!

08/26/2021

Calling all teachers and students.

Registration for KOB’s #Uncapped #Upcycled & #EndLitter is now OPEN!

Our Litter Education program; Every Litter Bit Hurts, empowers Oklahoma students to share their voices and make a difference through creative expression. click the link to learn more!

https://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com/what-we-do/litter-education.html

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Photos from Phoenix Circle Foundation's post 07/29/2021

It can get very WARM in the ArtWorks building this time of year without air conditioning. Ceiling fans aren't cutting it. We are getting estimates for an HVAC system and have a fund to be used strictly for that. Any financial help (tax-exempt donation) to Phoenix Circle Foundation would be greatly appreciated! Send to 111 E. Main St., Watonga OK 73772
This is what we've done with donations and grants so far to enhance our community!

07/15/2021

Here we go -- singer/songwriter IAN LEITH (based in Chicago) h is scheduled to come to Watonga for a house concert on Sept. 16 2021! MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! Watch our fb pages for details!
Check out his music at:
facebook.com/ianleith
https://www.reddit.com/u/sockswinger...
Instagram / leithalian
Youtube.com/lenhaiti
ianleith.bandcamp.com

07/02/2021

A work in progress from our art session on Friday at Watonga ArtWorks!

A work in progress from our art session on Friday at Watonga ArtWorks!

Photos from Blaine County OK  Community's post 06/06/2021

Photos from Blaine County OK Community's post

Timeline Photos 05/25/2021

Timeline Photos

What a fun opportunity! 🍃 Thanks Oklahoma Recycling Association - OKRA

05/18/2021

HERE WE GO -- Ian Leith is scheduled to come to Watonga for a house concert on Sept. 16 2021! Watch our fb pages for details!
Check out his music at:
facebook.com/ianleith
https://www.reddit.com/u/sockswinger?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
Instagram / leithalian
Youtube.com/lenhaiti
ianleith.bandcamp.com

05/17/2021

I am working on several art projects for children to do as part of the Kiwanis Summer Program. We'll be doing a self-portrait, making a mobile, some print making, and if the weather permits we'll do some chalk art on the sidewalk. I'm looking forward to these art projects and opening the Watonga ArtWorks for other art activities in July -- Check in on our pages for more information!

12/09/2020

We met with the representative from OK Humanities at the Watonga ArtWorks building this morning and all went well. We had good representation from partner organizations in our town. OK Humanities received 20 applications for the Smithsonian traveling exhibition about rural Oklahoma and chose nine sites to visit, and our location was one of those nine sites in the running. We should know if our location is chosen as a host for the exhibition by late December. I'll continue to keep you posted! The community support we've received is of immense value to our efforts! www.okhumanities.org

11/23/2020

Congrats to ANDREW BARRETT, Director of Phoenix Circle Foundation, for his Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Affiliate Champion award! Keep up the good work!

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11/07/2020

We've been notified by Oklahoma Humanities that our grant proposal to host the MUSEUM ON MAIN STREET Smithsonian traveling exhibit--Crossroads: Change in Rural America, has moved to the next step: a site visit, the next step in the selection process. Representatives from our organization and several community partners will meet with the OH Executive Director on Dec. 4, at the Watonga Arts building at 111 E.Main St. in Watonga. They will be able to give us more details about the program and answer any questions we might have. We are excited for our community and want to thank all who showed their support in this effort!
/Linda Barrett
Phoenix Circle Foundation

10/20/2020

We are really missing hosting Oklahoma House Concerts, and it doesn't look like we'll be able to schedule any shows until after the first of the new year. We're still getting requests from touring musicians and hate to put them off, but so it goes with COVID hanging over us. We'll keep names and contact numbers/emails on our list to get back to musicians and booking agents closer to January. In the meantime, KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE USA!

10/08/2020

For the third year in a row, Phoenix Circle Foundation is being recognized by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful at its annual Environmental Excellence Celebration! Andrew Barrett is one of the wonderful volunteers who has been named a recipient for the Affiliate Champions award.
This year's awards banquet will be a virtual event, and we invite our other volunteers, friends, and followers to join us by signing up for a secure link to the ceremony that can be provided by contacting www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com. Our congratulations to Andy Barrett for all of his hard work in working with community volunteers in helping to KEEP OKLAHOMA BEAUTIFUL in Watonga, Oklahoma!!

okhumanities.org 09/25/2020

Program Details - Oklahoma Humanities

Our application to bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about rural Oklahoma to Watonga is ready to be submitted! Thanks to all who have shown support for this effort. We'll keep you posted as we hear from OK Humanities, the sponsor of the exhibition. www.okhumanities.org/programs/museum-on-main-street

okhumanities.org Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Oklahoma Humanities, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities.  

okhumanities.org 09/16/2020

Program Details - Oklahoma Humanities

We are ready to submit our application to host a Smithsonian exhibition about rural Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. We've received lots of vocal and written support for our efforts. THANKS to all the people I've spoken to and who have expressed support for the project and are willing to volunteer to make this thing happen. Keep your fingers crossed that Watonga is selected as one of the host towns for the traveling exhibition. We will keep everyone posted at this page and on the Blaine County OK Community page.
www.okhumanities.org/programs/museum-on-main-street

okhumanities.org Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Oklahoma Humanities, and cultural organizations in small, rural communities.  

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111 E. Main St.
Watonga, OK
73772
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