November 05

Oklahoma Arts Council Accepting Applications for Nationally Recognized Leadership Arts Program

Leadership-Arts-2013-photoOKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced the opportunity for individuals across the state to apply for its 2014 Leadership Arts program. Recognized by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies as a model program for community leadership development, Leadership Arts provides in-depth, hands-on curriculum on the arts’ role in economic development, improved education and enhanced quality of life for 30 individuals each year.

Staff and board members of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, business and civic leaders, community developers, educators and others can benefit from participating in the program.

Successful applicants will attend four two-day spring sessions in communities throughout the state. Class members will graduate during the 2014 Oklahoma Arts Conference scheduled October 22-23 in Norman.

Sessions are interactive and designed for adult learning across cultural and educational backgrounds. Curriculum will help class members design strategies for employing local assets for cultural development, work towards creative partnerships and consensus building, learn ways to mobilize their leadership capacity and expand their understanding of group dynamics. Classes include group work, hands-on learning, panel discussions and tours of community art spaces.

Sessions for 2014 Leadership Arts will take place in the following communities:

February 19-20 (Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf, OK)
March 19-20 (Tahlequah)
April 23-24 (Enid)
May 21-22 (Tulsa)
October 22-23 (2014 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Norman)

There is no cost for the program. Participants can expect costs associated with travel and lodging. Class members often represent organizations that will benefit from the training and are willing to cover their costs.

For details or to apply online visit arts.ok.gov. Deadline to apply is December 2, 2013. Participants are selected from throughout the state with an emphasis placed on geographic diversity.

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About the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. 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. The Council provides more than 500 grants to over 300 communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the State Capitol.

Media Contact:
Joel Gavin, Director of Marketing & Communications
(405) 521-2037
joel.gavin@arts.ok.gov