Author Archives: Oklahomans for the Arts

February 22

We’ve Moved!

OFTA has launched a new website: www.ok4arts.org! And our blogs have moved to the new site. Keep up with advocacy news and action alerts at the new blog, www.ok4arts.org/blog.  

January 12

On Alert: Norman Arts Roundtable Legislative Forum

The Norman Arts & Humanities Roundtable hosted their Legislative Forum on January 11, 2017. The Norman legislators raised short term concerns for state support for the arts and longer term tips for advocacy. The local arts sector has hosted this forum almost annually for 30 years according to chair Norman Hammond. The Roundtable brings together […]

January 10

Wait, Put Down that Phone: On Advocacy Strategy

The Oklahoma Legislative Session will begin soon, the first Tuesday in February. The news and activity level is ramping up. Whether based on informed reports or rumor, we will begin receiving warnings about potential legislation and budget choices impacting arts and culture. How do we deal with warnings about dangers to arts funding or arts […]

January 04

Art of Community Building: Oklahoma City (Part 1)

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well-being of a place and its people. Community Profile City Budget […]

December 21

Art of Community Building: Alva

Community Profile City Budget (2015-16): $9,422,223 2014 Census Data Population: 5,180 Median household income: $50,151 Persons in poverty (% of total residents):19.6% High School graduate or higher (age 25+): 88.0% Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+): 27.6% From Local Arts Index State Arts Agency Grants per county capita (2003-2009): $20.08 Total nonprofit arts organizations per 100,000 county population (2012): 22.61 Links:  […]

December 08

Art of Community Building: Miami

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget (2015-16): $48,706,500 2014 […]

November 28

Art of Community Building: Bartlesville

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget (2015-16): $36,402,875 2014 […]

November 16

State Plan for ESSA

The State Department of Education released their first draft of the State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Review the draft State Plan here.   Give your feedback at the upcoming Town Hall meetings in Yukon, Muskogee and Enid. Background and information for arts education advocates about the Every Student Succeeds Act in Oklahoma can be […]

November 15

Art of Community Building: Pawhuska

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place and its people. Community Profile City […]

November 14

Arts Education: Serving All Students

This diagram show the ways students benefit from arts education in their schools and communities. Each part of the arts education ecosystem is important to benefit students. As we advocate for more certified arts teachers in schools or more community arts groups serving neighborhoods, let’s respect the role of each. Americans for the Arts and […]

November 09

Art of Community Building: Edmond

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place. Community Profile City Budget (2015-16): $394,120,652 2014 […]

November 03

Art of Community Building: Ada

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well being of a place and its people. Community […]

November 01

Arts Education & ESSA

Laws and policy are changing education standards and accountability. Oklahoma’s Department of Education is working now to decide how our state will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our State Department of Oklahoma is creating a State Plan in preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year. Each state must revise its accountability […]

October 13

How do you value the arts?

How do we understand the value of the arts? We may love art for how it makes us feel, appreciate the tourism draw of the arts or build creativity. This research examines how the arts impact publicly and privately: Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts by Kevin F. […]

October 10

What Do Your Candidates Think About the Arts?

This election year Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues, including funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council and arts education policy. Now we’ve got the final list of candidates for the November 8 General Election. The majority of the 27% […]

October 07

Thanks to Our Members!

Thanks to Our Nonprofit Organization Members! 108|Contemporary  Tulsa http://108contemporary.org/ Art Therapy Association of Oklahoma  Choctaw http://www.arttherapyassociationofoklahoma.org Artists Reach Out  Edmond http://artistsreachout.org Arts Council Oklahoma City Oklahoma City https://www.artscouncilokc.com/ Arts for All, Inc. Lawton http://www.lawtonafa.org The Arts in Guthrie  Guthrie http://www.theartsinguthrie.org/ [Artspace] at Untitled  Oklahoma City http://www.1ne3.org/ Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma Oklahoma City http://www.brightmusic.org Broken Arrow […]

September 20

Advocacy Calendar: A Few Inches at a Time

We advocate year-round. Our advocacy with local, state and federal officials makes a difference for funding arts access and arts education for all in our community. How do you break this important advocacy work down into manageable steps? One way would be to create an advocacy calendar for your organization. Within that year plan, create […]

August 31

Contributing to Democracy

By: Mira Alpers, Oklahomans for the Arts’ Summer Intern This summer I spent one day a week in Oklahoma City, interning for Oklahomans For The Arts (OFTA). I had wanted the position because I felt that working at OFTA would combine my interest in politics with my love of art. Though I was excited to begin […]

August 22

Thanks Organizations Measuring Economic Impact

Thanks to the following 86 126 133 Oklahoma arts & cultural organizations who have completed their surveys for the Arts & Economic Prosperity report. The survey asks for organization’s direct expenditures and audience numbers. It is irreplaceable to gather the economic impact of the arts so we can report a total impact for the state’s arts and culture […]

August 18

Updated: State Candidates’ Views on Arts & Culture

Ahead of next week’s August 23rd Primary Runoff Elections, Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and Oklahoma House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues. Making arts and culture integral to your concerns as a constituent can influence not only the election but candidate’s long-term thinking and decision making.  August 23rd […]

July 20

Resources: Beyond Financials

How will our arts and culture organizations navigate current challenging economic times, the changes in private philanthropy and the reductions in public funding? We recently held three workshops to equip arts and culture organizations focused on new community realities. More than 160 individuals attended the gatherings in Lawton, OKC and Tulsa, representing a wide variety of arts and […]

June 21

State Candidates’ Views on Arts & Culture

Next week are the June 28th Statewide Legislative Primaries, Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and Oklahoma House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues. Your interest in the candidate’s stances on arts and culture now can impact their future decision making. Your questions about their support of arts and […]

June 14

50 Stories 50 Years: Arts Without Limits Showcase

Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Edmond  |  Division of University of Central Oklahoma  |  ocae.publishpath.com   The Oklahoma Arts Council invests in the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education’s weekly arts education workshops for community members with Downs syndrome and autism. Read the full story about the students’ showcase here. This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma […]

May 31

Beyond Financials: Helping Organizations

We know the arts and culture sector can help our state economically, educationally and in terms of community pride through challenging economic times. After meeting to talk about the health of the arts and culture sector, multiple service organizations have affirmed we must work together to make sure our community is served well. We recognize that many […]