Insider Info: How the Ants celebrate the holidays

Everyone celebrates the holidays a little differently. Some families have certain traditions that others don’t partake in. For the Ant family, celebrating the holidays starts with our 12 days of Christmas.

Now in its fourth year, the 12 days of Christmas signals the start of the holiday season and also the start of dressing up, taking pictures and sharing on social media for all to see. From hat day and pajama day, to twins day and throw back Thursday, the Ants put everything on display for their clients and followers. It’s a way to show people who normally aren’t around the Ant Farm just how creative and fun we can be.

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We aren’t all fun and games. We also give back!

Women in Recovery is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Women in Recovery is a program designed to help keep non-violent women out of prison and give them the tools they need to reunite with their children and break the cycle. Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state. Which is why this program is so important to our community. While in the program, women learn parenting and life skills, as well as learning what it takes to have a successful career and stay out of the prison system.

We support the Women in Recovery program in different ways each year. During Christmas, that means sponsoring graduates of the program and their children. This year, we sponsored 10 children and 50 women graduating from the Women in Recovery program. All from funds gathered from employees and matched by the AcrobatAnt partners.

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All these activities culminate in our Christmas party where we exchange handmade gifts to our Secret Santa recipients and have a fun and funny white elephant gift exchange. The Ants also enjoyed drinks, playing games and each other’s company at our holiday party.

From everyone at AcrobatAnt, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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We love moms

MomsDayCollage (1)Happy Mother’s Day to all the great and caring moms out there. Every year we celebrate this day as a way to say “thank you” to moms for everything they do.

We polled the office to find out what everyone’s favorite Mother’s Day video is and then voted for the overall best one. But, we couldn’t decide on just one. So, here are the top two favorite Mother’s Day videos, as voted on by the Ants.

A little advice — keep a box of tissues close by.

World’s Toughest Job
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB3xM93rXbY

What the Ants thought:

“I loved the World’s Toughest Job campaign because it keeps you interested and hooked throughout the video. It entices you to keep watching and find out what this crazy, unheard of job position is.” — Lale

“If this doesn’t make you want to call your mom and thank her for everything, I don’t know what will. The setup is priceless and the reactions are even better.” — Matt

Here’s to the moms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRDyP2DcEds

What the Ants thought:

“I like this because it’s a happy, contemporary celebration of moms everywhere. The videos and the photos make the message of gratitude and love even more powerful.” — Anna

“Any time you can use real people in a genuine setting, it adds a very emotional element for the viewers. That’s what I enjoy about this ad; it’s relatable. It reminds them of the impact their moms had on their lives.” — David

Here are a couple more that didn’t make the top two, but are just as great and memorable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SwFso7NeuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBMQcW6S11Q

Ants sponsor Women In Recovery apartment and get valuable lessons in return.

WIR ApartmentOn the way back to the office from the Women In Recovery apartment, everyone was quiet. With our rowdy bunch that is a pretty rare occurrence; but as we left the little home that will soon house members of the program, we took with us a few lessons in gratitude.

Our group gusted up the stairs along with the cold front and into the modest two bedroom apartment where we were greeted by two program participants as well as Mimi Tarrasch and Diane Hughes from the Women In Recovery administration. After a quick tour of the apartment that we helped to stock, furnish and decorate, we all sat down to talk about what the apartment will mean to the women and/or children who live there.

First and foremost, this home is a safe place. It is a place where participants can rebuild their lives without fear of being assaulted, burgled, having to move without notice or otherwise not have any control over what happens inside those walls.WIR sign

It is a home to women who have been living in jail, under bridges, in a car if they were doing really well, squatting in abandoned buildings with no heat or running water or other such things to survive. As one participant said, she had reduced her life to living like an animal in a cage. Now that she has been inside the program for about a year, she is grateful that she no longer has to do that.

It is a step towards independence. The goal of Women In Recovery is to keep nonviolent female offenders out of prison by helping them learn to become self sufficient, productive citizens. Gradually they increase their work hours and take on the responsibility of paying their living expenses.

If you would have asked her a year ago as she was sitting in jail if any of this was possible, Melissa* says she wouldn’t have believed it.  While living in her addiction for the last nine years, she thought there were only two ways out—suicide by cop or suicide on her own. Now Melissa is living in an apartment, working and in talks with her supervisor about taking a management position.

When talking about the remarkable transformation of her life, she said simply, “I can find gratitude in anything now. In anything.

For more information or to donate to Women In Recovery, please call 918-991-6200

*Name changed for privacy

AcrobatAnt named one of Tulsa’s fastest growing companies for third year running.

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The Ants celebrated last week at the Tulsa’s Fast 40 Dinner as AcrobatAnt was named #16 on the list of Tulsa’s fastest-growing privately held companies by The Journal Record. We’re proud of how much we’ve accomplished in the last few years and looking forward to many more great years to come!

AcrobatAnt Marketing & Advertising
AcrobatAnt.com
1336 East 15th Street Tulsa, OK 74120
918-938-7912

AcrobatAnt Halloween 2012: Pirates, Ants and one hell of a dance.

AcrobatAnt Halloween 2012: Pirates, Ants and one hell of a dance.

We Ants hosted our biggest Halloween party last year. Our agency was transformed into a ghostly pirate galleon complete with Jolly Roger, grog and hundreds of pirates.

In the middle of the festivities, a flash mob broke out as several Ants performed a 5-minute ditty we’d rehearsed for the past few months. Thanks to Amanda Vavra who whipped us into ship-shape just for the occasion.

This year is our third annual Halloween blast and it promises to be the biggest and best yet. We Ants have chosen our theme, but you’ll just have to wait to find out. Hint—coulrophobes beware! How do you celebrate Halloween?

It’s the agency that keeps on growing.

We’re honored to be named one of Tulsa’s Fast 40 growing businesses by The Journal Record for the second year running. A few of the other honorees include Andolini’s Pizzeria (just down Cherry Street), Elote Café and Catering, MESA, M&M Manufacturing Inc., Pardee Construction and Vacuworx Global.

What’s the reason driving all of the growth here at the Ant Farm? We think it has to do with our culture. A great work environment and coworkers who treat each other like family members make for happy employees, which in turn leads to a happy culture and one of the best places to work in Tulsa.

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AcrobatAnt Joins the Task Force

We’re always excited to share when our Ants are quoted in the news. Angela Lawrence, managing director and co-founder of AcrobatAnt, recently served on the Business Services Task Force—a committee dedicated to brainstorming ideas about how the City of Tulsa can more efficiently serve the needs of budding businesses. A proposal and other recommendations made by the task force will be discussed at a city council meeting in late January 2013.

AngelaAnd adopting these task force recommendations could pay off for the City of Tulsa. “Perception matters for new businesses working with the city,” Angela states in this Urban Tulsa Weekly article, “I think businesses that were looking at Tulsa as a potential place to open would see it as a business-friendly community from the beginning and have a positive attitude and be more willing to relocate to Tulsa.” Find out how Angela and the task force plan to fight for the rights of Tulsa business owners: http://www.urbantulsa.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A56111.

Graphic Artist has a flair for sports

With college football right around the corner, we thought it only fitting to mention the newest member of the Ant Farm, our resident Fantasy Football organizer,  Dell Chambers.

Dell (right) meets Darren McFadden, 2008

Dell is a native Tulsan who like many from this great state played sports for most of his life. His love of sports growing up was coupled by his love of visual arts, leading him to earn a degree in graphic arts.

With a unique sense of what makes an athlete great, Dell transforms his strong attention to detail and insight into amazing hand-illustrated portraits.

Recently, Dell donated his work to The Color of Hope Gala in Arkansas and all proceeds were donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dell’s Portrait was auctioned for $5,000.

Congratulations, Dell, you make a fine Ant and good luck with this year’s Fantasy Football League!

Are you a sports fan? Check out Dell’s work!

www.dellchambers.com

Ants travel to the Windy City!

What does AcrobatAnt and Chicago have in common? Only the best Dental Hygiene event in the nation. RDH Under One Roof is an action-packed three day event offering quality dental hygiene continuing education.

This year dental professionals converged in downtown Chicago, to learn cutting – edge technology and techniques from premier speakers in the industry.

As the agency of choice, Internet Presence Management (IPM) team members Cynthia Townsend and Gina Holloway, provided on-site social media marketing for the PennWell Event – RDH Under One Roof.

AcrobatAnt provided conference attendees and exhibitors with interaction and connectivity throughout the three day event via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. AcrobatAnt handles the event’s IPM throughout the year before, during and after the event.


Check out RDH Under One Roof on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.