Carnival of the Animals December 17

Four Oklahoma Organizations Earn National Arts Grants

Four Oklahoma organizations have earned grants totaling $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the agency’s latest round of funding. Grants will assist the nonprofit organizations in providing arts and cultural programming for their communities.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grants were awarded for the following:

Carnival of the AnimalsLawton Philharmonic Society ($10,000) to support a performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” featuring Oklahoma Arts Council performing roster artist Hyunsoon Whang and Thomas Labe. The performance will target public elementary school students with disabilities, providing copies of the “Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids” publication and CD to participating students.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra ($10,000) to support its “Twice As Nice” concert featuring pianist duo Christina and Michelle Naughton. The program will include a performance by the duo for economically disadvantaged students attending a Title I elementary school.

NEA Art Works grants were awarded for the following:

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition ($20,000) for its “Art 365” exhibition. Emerging Oklahoma artists will be invited to create new work in consultation with guest curator Raechell Smith, director of the H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tulsa Ballet Theatre ($20,000) to support its presentation of dance works as part of the “Paint it Black” program. The program will feature “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” by choreographer William Forsythe; “Extremely Close,” by choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo; and “Rooster,” by choreographer Christopher Bruce.

“We’re pleased to see the creative programming and unique outreach efforts of these four organizations earn recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts,” Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said. “These organizations excel in serving their respective communities. Oklahoma is a vibrant place because of their work.

NEA Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the art.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grants offer $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

logoWHITESOURCE:  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.