advocacycalendarsample2016 September 20

Advocacy Calendar: A Few Inches at a Time

We advocate year-round. Our advocacy with local, state and federal officials makes a difference for funding arts access and arts education for all in our community. How do you break this important advocacy work down into manageable steps? One way would be to create an advocacy calendar for your organization. Within that year plan, create […]

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Contributing to Democracy

By: Mira Alpers, Oklahomans for the Arts’ Summer Intern This summer I spent one day a week in Oklahoma City, interning for Oklahomans For The Arts (OFTA). I had wanted the position because I felt that working at OFTA would combine my interest in politics with my love of art. Though I was excited to begin […]

ThankYou August 22

Thanks Organizations Measuring Economic Impact

Thanks to the following 86 Oklahoma arts & cultural organizations who have completed their surveys for the Arts & Economic Prosperity report. The survey asks for organization’s direct expenditures and audience numbers. It is irreplaceable to gather the economic impact of the arts so we can report a total impact for the state’s arts and culture […]

Vote- Primaries (1) August 18

Updated: State Candidates’ Views on Arts & Culture

In next week is the August 23rd Primary Runoff Elections, Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and Oklahoma House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues. Making arts and culture integral to your concerns as a constituent can influence not only the election but candidate’s long-term thinking and decision making.  August 23rd Runoff […]

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Resources: Beyond Financials

How will our arts and culture organizations navigate current challenging economic times, the changes in private philanthropy and the reductions in public funding? We recently held three workshops to equip arts and culture organizations focused on new community realities. More than 160 individuals attended the gatherings in Lawton, OKC and Tulsa, representing a wide variety of arts and […]

Vote- Primaries (1) June 21

State Candidates’ Views on Arts & Culture

Next week are the June 28th Statewide Legislative Primaries, Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and Oklahoma House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues. Your interest in the candidate’s stances on arts and culture now can impact their future decision making. Your questions about their support of arts and […]

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50 Stories 50 Years: Arts Without Limits Showcase

Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Edmond  |  Division of University of Central Oklahoma  |  ocae.publishpath.com   The Oklahoma Arts Council invests in the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education’s weekly arts education workshops for community members with Downs syndrome and autism. Read the full story about the students’ showcase here. This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma […]

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Beyond Financials: Helping Organizations

We know the arts and culture sector can help our state economically, educationally and in terms of community pride through challenging economic times. After meeting to talk about the health of the arts and culture sector, multiple service organizations have affirmed we must work together to make sure our community is served well. We recognize that many […]

Oklahoma State Capitol photography by Peter Dolese May 25

Budget Proposal for FY17: Informing Advocates

Our job is to keep you in the loop and help your interests be heard as arts advocates. We’ve been watching and just wanted to give a quick summary of the current state budget status. Legislative leaders have announced a budget deal that includes reducing the Oklahoma Arts Council’s funding by a disappointing 16.3% from […]

Jason Poudrier, a decorated Iraqi War vet, works with Bill O'Pecko, Air Force veteran, as he leads creative writing classes that are part of the Oklahoma Arts Council's pilot arts program at the Norman Veterans Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman May 25

50 Stories 50 Years: Norman Veterans Center

  Norman Veterans Center, Norman  |  Government  |  http://odva.ok.gov/content/norman    As part of a pilot arts program, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Veterans Center teamed up to provide a creative writing course for veterans. For veterans like Bill O’Pecko, writing was a meaningful strategy for engaging with lingering and difficult memories of war. […]

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Speak up for Arts Education: Petition

We — a diverse group of active and engaged residents of Oklahoma — are writing to you in strong support of arts education as imperative for Oklahoma students. We believe Oklahoma should be a state where each child participates in high-quality arts learning experiences in school and the community… As school districts across the state struggle […]

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The Work Begins Today: OK Art Day

By Oklahoma Arts Day Committee Member Angela Williams, Paoli, OK Oklahoma Arts Day at the Capitol is honestly one of my favorite events of the year. However, the planning, executing and networking to champion the Arts in Oklahoma can be exhilarating and exhausting. It would be easy to check that off our list and proceed […]

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Top 11 reasons to go to OK Arts Day:

By Lucy Swanson, Oklahoma Arts Day Co-Chair & Founder of The Arts in Guthrie 11. Did you say Sugar Free Allstars and Chase Kerby rockin’ the Capitol? YES! And Chill with the beautiful sounds of the OKC Philharmonic’s Brass Duo…Sweeeeeet! Performer schedule 10. Learn about the huge renovation of our State Capitol that is underway […]

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Action Alert Issued: Arts Education & Budgets in Balance

We need your action so that every Oklahoman can experience and benefit from the arts. Efforts are underway to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council, possibly moving our arts agency under the Department of Tourism. Lawmakers need to hear from you now. As we prepare for Oklahoma Arts Day on May 4 (hope you’re coming), legislative […]

Oklahoma Arts Day, photo by Carl Shortt April 29

Arts advocates to rally at State Capitol on May 4

Oklahomans for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Day Committee invite arts and culture supporters to join together at the State Capitol on May 4, 2016 to deliver a unified message to our Oklahoma legislators: Arts and culture benefits the entire state’s economy, education and communities.  The free event includes meeting with legislators to ask them to support […]

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Thanks to Our Members!

Thanks to Our Nonprofit Organization Members! 108|Contemporary  Tulsa http://108contemporary.org/ Artists Reach Out  Edmond artistsreachout.org Arts for All, Inc. Lawton http://www.lawtonafa.org The Arts in Guthrie  Guthrie http://www.theartsinguthrie.org/ [Artspace] at Untitled  Oklahoma City http://www.1ne3.org/ Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma Oklahoma City http://www.brightmusic.org Broken Arrow Community Playhouse  Broken Arrow http://bacptheatre7471.wix.com/bacp Chamber Music Tulsa Tulsa http://www.chambermusictulsa.org Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism  […]

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Beyond Financials: Helping Organizations

We know the arts and culture sector can help our state economically, educationally and in terms of community pride through challenging economic times. After meeting to talk about the health of the arts and culture sector, multiple service organizations have affirmed we must work together to make sure our community is served well. We recognize that many […]

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Art of Community Building: Medicine Park

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget: NA […]

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Art of Community Building: Duncan

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget […]

By Michael Willmus March 16

6 Weeks into Oklahoma’s Legislative Session: Update

  What do we know halfway through the Oklahoma Legislature’s session?   Oklahomans for the Arts has been tracking and weighing in on bills related to arts education, public art, cultural districts, nonprofit contributions and more. If you’ve been watching the news, you likely are aware of the significant budget crisis our Legislature seeks to […]

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Art of Community Building: Jenks

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget […]

Les Gilliam pickin' away at his guitar. March 02

50 Stories 50 Years: Les Gilliam

Les Gilliam  |  Oklahoma Arts Council’s Performing Artist Roster  |  www.lesgilliam.com       The music of Les Gilliam, member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Performing Artist Roster and official “Oklahoma Balladeer,” has crisscrossed the state for many years thanks to the work of the Oklahoma Arts Council. Now that another round of budget cuts is […]

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Why Advocate?

  I had such a good time speaking at the Leadership Arts* program yesterday and want to share my presentation slides with more of you in case they are helpful for introducing Oklahomans for the Arts and the importance of advocacy. See here. The main topic was to encourage effective, early advocacy and why it’s important for […]

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Arts & Economic Prosperity Report: Info Session

  As you know, Oklahomans for the Arts has joined Americans for the Arts’ latest national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5! Read more about the study here. Our participation will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the arts and culture industry in Oklahoma. This important research project will tell us just how many jobs and […]