ECU, OVAC, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera receive federal grants

East Central University, Ada

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded grants totaling $68,500 to four Oklahoma arts and cultural organizations. The grants were awarded in their Art Works grant category.

Grants were awarded to East Central University in Ada for a Native American art and history program; Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition for its emerging artist program, Momentum; Tulsa Ballet to support its presentation of A Ballets Russes Evening; and, Tulsa Opera to support its presentation of Dead Man Walking.

The recently announced Art Works grants are in addition to $863,000 in funding awarded in other categories by the federal agency to Oklahoma organizations in May of this year.

Tulsa Ballet

Organizations included the Oklahoma Arts Council, which was awarded a state agency partnership grant of $773,000 in May. Total NEA funding announced for Oklahoma’s arts and cultural industry in 2011 is $931,500.

Tulsa Opera, Dead Man Walking

“We are pleased to see a number of Oklahoma organizations applying for and receiving funding from the NEA,” Council executive director, Kim Baker said. “NEA support is important to our state as we continue to build our creative economy, attract tourist dollars, and enrich our communities.”

OVAC’s Momentum highlights the work of Oklahoma artists under 30 like this piece, Call of the Wild, by JP Morrison.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.

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