April 29

Arts advocates to rally at State Capitol on May 4

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Oklahomans for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Day Committee invite arts and culture supporters to join together at the State Capitol on May 4, 2016 to deliver a unified message to our Oklahoma legislators: Arts and culture benefits the entire state’s economy, education and communities. 

The free event includes meeting with legislators to ask them to support arts funding and arts education, a chance to meet nonprofit arts organizations, performances and a kickoff rally.

Individuals, groups and businesses are welcome to drop in for part or participate in the whole day! Events take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The future of public funding for arts and arts education depends on our collective voice and advocacy! Please join us.
Oklahoma Arts Day at the Capitol 2015
What is Oklahoma Arts Day?

Oklahomans for the Arts works to increase public investment in arts and culture, public art and arts education by bringing arts advocates to the State Capitol to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy.

Last year about 400 arts advocates attend the event at the State Capitol, which includes meeting with legislators to ask them to support arts funding and arts education, displays by nonprofit arts organizations, performances and a kickoff rally.

 

Who Attends Oklahoma Arts Day?

Oklahomans who love arts and culture and know it makes Oklahoma better attend Oklahoma Arts Day. Attendees include artists of all kinds, arts administrators, museum leaders, board members, educators and civic leaders who support the arts. If you are interested, register now!

A limited number of nonprofit arts and culture organization booths are available. In past years, we ran out of space, so please sign up early. Organizations are welcome to share table space with other groups from their area. See more information for nonprofit arts and culture organizations here.

Attendees are welcome to drop in for part or participate in the whole day!

Why Should I Go?

Your presence shows legislators the strength of Oklahoma’s statewide arts community. You demonstrate that arts and culture leaders are watching and care how the State invests in our communities.

Your participation will help Legislators understand the value of arts and culture in your own community as you tell your own story.

What are the Primary Issues This Year?

  1. Budget shortfall: The legislature will likely be still negotiating the budget for the upcoming year. The budget will include any arts funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council and arts education.
  1. Short term: We must be ever vigilant to help make the arts accessible in every corner of the state. This year’s mid-year cuts mean ALL funding is under negotiation.
  1. Long term: We must build relationships with our elected officials to prepare for future arts-friendly policy and funding.

Learn more and sign up here: http://www.oklahomansforthearts.org/arts-day