Monthly Archives: September 2011

These Cuts Won’t Heal

Every day, we read about cuts to arts funding in communities all across the United States. Given the global nature of our own economic woes, it’s not surprising that very similar events continue to unfold across Europe. In the United Kingdom, one arts columnist maintains a blog on The Guardian that documents the effects of […]

Get highlighted on NEA’s Facebook page next month

Desmond Mason Nominate an arts organization in your community to be highlighted on the NEA Facebook page during National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), which we’ll celebrate October 1-October 31! Just drop an e-mail to beetep[AT]arts[DOT]gov with: Your name and the name of your communityName of organization you’re nominating, website URLFive words that best describe […]

Grassroots action, transformative experiences needed to improve public funding for the arts

 Regarding public funding for the arts, change has to come from the grassroots up. Are you the missing piece? Apply to be an advocacy captain today. “Without large numbers of people having newly transformative experiences with the arts, the political capital available is insufficient to support significant improvement in public funding or, more generally, […]

Arts Journalism Internship | Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Oklahomans for the Arts seeks undergraduate or graduate journalism students with an interest in arts and culture, public policy, education and social justice for two fall 2011 Arts Journalism internships. One intern will be selected from the Oklahoma City region and one from the Tulsa region.   The interns will act as field reporters for […]

OFTA Surveys Senate District 43 Candidates on Arts, Culture

Photo by El_Sol via Flickr | CC License applies Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) has distributed a survey to candidates in the Oklahoma Senate District 43 race. Both candidates, Greg Childers (R-Del City) and Kenneth Meador (D-Moore) have been contacted and encouraged to complete a brief, four-question survey. The survey provides an opportunity for the […]

Guest Post: Senator David Holt

Government’s role is to promote, only when it effectively can, those outcomes we value as a society that would not happen without public involvement.   Not every outcome that is good should be the government’s responsibility to support.  In some cases, the outcome might happen anyways, or might be more effectively reached by the private […]

Let’s Finish It: "Oklahoma’s Own American Indian Cultural Center and Museum"

Prominent Oklahoma leaders have launched an advocacy campaign to see the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum finished. In June, during the final hours of the legislative session, the Legislature failed to vote on $43 million revenue bonds needed to continue construction. Located just southeast of downtown Oklahoma City, it’s hard to imagine that our […]

2011 Oklahoma Arts Conference Registration Open through October 14

Information from the Oklahoma Arts Council’s news release Registration is open now through October 14 for the 2011 Oklahoma Arts Conference, scheduled October 26 – 27 at the new Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Tulsa. Registration is $50 per person. 

With the theme, “Greater than the Sum: Sharing a United Vision for the Arts” the […]

Comfort through the arts

“Music speaks to us in ways words never can.” — Tom Brokaw, following Paul Simon’s performance at the anniversary of 9/11. May all who mourn find comfort. –Jennifer

Public funding, enterprenuerialism and a yarn bomb in OKC’s Plaza District

For more than 10 years, community organizers, neighborhood residents and volunteers have spearhead the revitalizations of Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. Public funding has played a role in this work and includes resources provided by the City of Oklahoma City for a major streetscaping project and state funds provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council via grants. Public funding for the […]

Check it Out: Our First eNewsletter

Click here to view a copy of our first e-newsletter. Click here to subscribe! –Jennifer

Cherokee Nation Business reports new jobs, opportunities

Sequoyah Check out this article on Cherokee Nation Business yielding more jobs and opportunities in Oklahoma. From a marketing perspective, you have to wonder how much the Cherokee’s rich arts and culture have contributed to the overall branding that leads to these great opportunities. Here is an excerpt:  “Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, meanwhile, is doing […]

Former Paducah city planner to talk TIF, BID at Oklahoma Arts Conference

 Tom Barnett  [Teaser: Oklahoma Arts Conference] Tom Barnett, Executive Director, Metropolitan Development, City of Evansville, Indiana, is among an impressive lineup of speakers that will be presenting at the Oklahoma Arts Conference in Tulsa October 26-27. Barnett was part of the nationally-recognized redevelopment in Paducah, Kentucky (population 26,000). He will share insight into the first phase […]

Funny Animated Video: Save the Arts!

This animated video by David Shrigley was used last year during a campaing to save public funding for the arts in the United Kingdom. It’s pretty funny, especially the soccer part. Watch! –Jennifer

Kansas Governor feels chill from arts community at opening of KC Ballet

Bollender Center Grand Opening Event | Kansas City Ballet Governor Sam Brownback is feeling a cold chill from Kansas arts organizations, a mood he created when he abolished the Kansas Arts Commission earlier this year. KC Ballet | Grand Opening August 26, 2011 The Kansas City Star has highlighted the governor’s now-icy relationships with artists […]