OKLAHOMA CITY – Any artist wanting to contribute to a coloring book of 100 black Oklahoma historical figures should attend the next Oklahoma History Center’s meeting at the state Capitol, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in room 512A.

State Rep. Anastasia Pittman said artists will need to use the west entrance of the building, because the other three entrances are closed Saturdays.

“This is an opportunity to be a part of an important, fun project meant to give young Oklahomans another resource to learn about their diverse history,” said Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “The history center plans to make the images from the coloring book printable and available online for teachers, parents and anyone wanting to use them as an educational tool for young children.”

The project has been identified as a centennial project for the state of Oklahoma. Blake Wade, director of the Oklahoma Centennial, said he was glad to see it becoming a reality.

“The Oklahoma Centennial was so pleased to be able to participate and to assist,” Wade said. “The coloring book project for the Oklahoma History Center was one we always felt was very important as a centennial project and we’re so glad to see it become a reality.”

Bruce Fisher, curator of the African American art exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, said the book will feature a broad range of artistic styles in the coloring book.

 “Unlike most coloring books, we wanted to present children a variety of styles and so we need a number of artists,” Fisher said. “Each page has a different look to it. I will be contributing the text but will also be recruiting teachers to edit it with the goal of making it a reading tool for elementary school age kids.”

Fisher said that hard copies of the book would be published but that it would also be available free online at the Oklahoma History Center Web site and the Oklahoma Department of Education Web site.

Pittman said the book is an excellent way for an artist to showcase their talent and add to their portfolio.

“If there is one thing an artist craves, it is to make an impact. This is such an opportunity," she said.

For more information, contact Bruce Fisher at brucefisher@okhistory.org or Rep. Anastasia Pittman at (405) 557-7393 or anastasia.pittman@okhouse.gov.