Second Wind Coffeehouse will host an outdoor art festival showcasing the works of young artists |

Second Wind Coffeehouse is hosting an outdoor arts festival Thursday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

12 young artists will display their art on tables outside the café. A wide range of art will be presented, from paintings to photography to candles. There will also be live music.

If Second Wind has always been a place for creative expression, this type of festival will be the first of its kind.

Susan Schroeder is chair of the Second Wind board of directors as well as student councilor and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Second Wind’s largest partner. She said supporting local artists has always been part of Second Wind.

“Supporting students and their self-expression was one of Second Wind’s founding principles,” Schroeder said. “It’s part of the outreach and hospitality that is fundamental to what Second Wind is and does.”

Second Wind is a non-profit organization focused on hospitality and inclusivity that calls itself “the campus corner lounge”. It’s different from a lot of venues in that artists aren’t required to pay the venue to exhibit their work.

Getting involved in Second Wind is an easy and coffee-encouraged process. Schroeder said Second Wind does a lot of outreach to nearby businesses, homeless community members and international students, but they’re always welcome to get more involved.

“How do you get involved with Second Wind? Schroeder said. “Basically, you walk through the door and you’re welcome.”

Emily Tucker, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is Second Wind’s Director of Community Outreach. She doesn’t want finances to keep people from attending the festival.

“If you don’t think you’ll have the ability to financially support these artists by buying their work, come anyway,” Tucker said. “You’ll see all these incredible artists and all the things they’ve done. … It’s always good to support people on social media by following them and getting to know the arts community better, because these people work so hard.

Schroeder said his favorite part of the event is that those involved are just beginning their journey.

“These are students who are really ready to try new things, who are very hopeful, very fresh new artists, who are just getting started.”

The event will take place just outside of Second Wind on Campus Corner from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. For those who want to have a coffee inside, masks are mandatory in the building.

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Reggie S. Williams