50 Stories 50 Years: Sapulpa Arts

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Students at Art Explore! learning about movement arts in Australian culture

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Funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council is vital to the variety and reach of Sapulpa Arts’ work to bring artistically enriching programs to their hard working community.

In a single year, Sapulpa Arts provides free art classes to senior citizens through ARTeries; puts on the Route 66 Art Show to showcase local talent from all ages and media; holds Art Explore!, a week-long art camp exploring cultures from around the world through the lens of art; and hosts a highly-attended summer concert series featuring local musical talent.

The ARTeries program partners with the Oklahoma Alzheimer’s Association and Oasis Adult Day Services, strengthening community partnerships across sectors. And Art Explore! provides opportunities for older middle school and high school students to volunteer as museum docents, fostering a direct connection between creative learning and the ability to articulate that learning.

Sapulpa Arts’ ability to provide these integral components of community well being would be reduced if the Oklahoma Arts Council’s budget were cut by the state.

Senior citizens and Alzheimer’s patients would see their free art classes disappear and ⅓ of Art Explore! students would not be able to attend the camp.

Sapulpa Arts has seen such cuts before and has had to make tough decisions. Choosing between cutting programs for senior citizens and cutting programs for children is never easy.

The Executive Director has said, “The Oklahoma Arts Council is imperative to our survival and we value their…support of our programs”.

That support fuels creative education and creative activities in Sapulpa and so many other communities across the state. The Oklahoma Arts Council’s support strengthens community arts organizations in their mission to bring joy and pride to their communities through creativity.

This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.