Hello! My name is Anna, and I'm the creator of The OK Space. I'm a graduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma. I studied creative writing and rhetoric. I was born and raised in Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, and I moved to Oklahoma City after high school. I've witnessed the city go through many changes throughout the years, especially in the past decade. I love my city, and aim to represent it in a way that showcases its strengths, while challenging its weaknesses. I look forward to further engaging with the community in new ways, meeting new people, and sharing their stories through this platform. Breaking down the barriers between the public and higher education is an important goal for me. I want my research to be accessible, free, and
beneficial to my city.
The OK Space is many things. Its goal is to bring accessibility and visibility to underrepresented Oklahomans in multiple ways, while also exploring the discourse of Oklahoma City's history, culture, and space.
The research portion of this project will focus on Deep Deuce, a historic district in downtown Oklahoma City. While it will work to educate the public on the history of the area, it will also closely examine the rhetoric around how the the history is presented to the public. This research will challenge white-washing of African American history to further the effects of gentrification.
OK Space is mainly a masters thesis research project over the way historic spaces in Oklahoma City are affected by gentrification. The goal is for it to additionally evolve into a forum, literary/art journal, and blog. It is meant to educate and interact with the community.
For more information regarding the research side of this project, check out the Survey of Scholarship.