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Educator Speaker Series: In the Key of Color with Claude Lawrence and Prof. Lauren N. Clare

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Join renowned artist and musician Claude Lawrence and vocalist, composer, and producer Professor Lauren N. Clare of the University of Arkansas for a conversation illuminating the improvisational process of artists and how educators can inspire students to embrace the often non-linear path to success in the art world. Our speakers will explore the creative process, what it means to follow one’s artistic instincts, and how educators can inspire students to lean into their own inner worlds. In addition, the evening will feature an improvisational collaboration between Mr. Lawrence and students of Prof. Clare’s vocal jazz ensemble, Voices.

Free, tickets required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Educators, register here to receive two hours of PD credit with the purchase of your ticket.

Once registered, you’ll receive an email with information about the event and the Zoom link for your convenience.


About the Speaker Series

In this interactive speaker series, we invite leading artists and educators to weigh in on culture and this American moment. By examining art and the impact it has on us, our guest speakers look at where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what we can do to shape that future for the better. As an added bonus, educators and activists alike will walk away from these discussions with concrete ideas and strategies to use in their work and classrooms. Two hours of educator professional credit available with educator ticket registration.


About the Speakers

Prof. Lauren N. Clare
Curator Of Emmy-nominated The Allie Lauren Project, Vocalist, Producer, Composer, and Educator

Lauren Nicole Clare is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She began her professional career as a vocalist in 2001 when she gave a solo recital for the Carol Brice Series at age seventeen. After pursuing a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at Oral Roberts University, Lauren returned home to sing as a chorus member for the Cimarron Opera Company’s summer production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. That fall, Lauren began studies as a coloratura soprano at the esteemed Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where she graduated with high honors in the master’s of music degree program for vocal performance. While at OCU, Lauren participated in the Miss OCU program in order to pay for her studies and won. As Miss OCU 2006, she went on to win Rookie Talent, Overall Talent, and Interview awards at Miss Oklahoma, finishing as fourth runner-up. After graduating with her master’s in 2007, Lauren began working as the vocalist for a local jazz trio and serving as vocal coach within the Miss OCU organization. In addition, she opened up a private home voice studio and also worked as a choral liaison for the Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. In 2009, Lauren moved to the Fayetteville, Arkansas area and began working as a local singer/songwriter.

In 2011, she formed what is now known as The Allie Lauren Project. The Allie Lauren Project is an avant-garde collective of classical, alternative, and jazz musicians and has performed for The Oklahoma Film & Music Office SXSW Film Panel Event, Tourism Roadshows, Norman Music Festival, 35 Denton, Backwoods Music Festival, Sunday Twilight Concert Series, Wheeler Summer Music Series, and Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Opening Night Celebrations, as well as other numerous performances for the Oklahoma City Arts Council. Lauren has also performed works from this project in Chicago, St. Louis, New York City, and London. In 2018, The Allie Lauren Project was nominated for a regional Emmy award by the Heartland Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their work with Outsiders Productions and The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort’s Play It Loud Season II.

In addition to her work for The Allie Lauren Project, Lauren has spent time teaching private voice and piano lessons, writing and producing works for hip-hop artist Jabee, and performing as a jazz vocalist for Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra events and alongside critically acclaimed jazz guitarist, Dr. Jake Hertzog. She also collaborated with her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, in production for her composition which was featured as the theme song for the nation’s 2019 annual meeting. Currently, Lauren serves as an instructor of voice at the University of Arkansas, specializing in both classical and jazz studies.

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