Category Archives: Public Funding for the Arts

April 15

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 […]

February 16

Art of Community Building: Norman

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 […]

January 15

Get Ready: The Declining State Budget

As the news fill with dire updates about Oklahoma’s revenues and economic woes, we prepare for the next state legislative session. Starting February 2, the legislative session will add a potential $1B reduction in next year’s budget to the diverse and challenging policy discussions. In anticipation of Oklahoma’s Governor, Senators and Representatives entering the session, […]

December 01

Art of Community Building: Pryor

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: […]

November 19

Economic Impact: How Numbers Add Up for the Arts

“As a field, economics deals with complex processes and studies substantial amounts of information. Economists use assumptions in order to simplify economic processes so that it is easier to understand.” (Source: Boundless Economics) In a standing room only session at the recent Oklahoma Arts Conference, panelists: Thomas A. Anderson, Kay Decker, PhD, and John Robertson discussed the […]

http://arts.ok.gov/pdf/about_us/2013%20Impact%20Report%20(General%20Audience).pdf August 14

Recap: Interim Study Hearing

Yesterday, the Oklahoma House Conference Committee on Economic Development and Financial Services heard testimony analyzing the future of the Oklahoma Arts Council for an Interim Study. I’ll summarize some themes of the presentations and discussion to give arts advocates some quick information. A full recording of the meeting will be available on the House’s website […]

May 18

No Chance At Life

Kate Eshelman just got the worst news. For an arts teacher anyway. On April 6, she wrote the following on her blog, Lessons From the K-12 Art Room: I just received news that the K-12 art program in my school district is being cut due to lack of funding.  While I am upset about losing […]