May 25

Budget Proposal for FY17: Informing Advocates

Our job is to keep you in the loop and help your interests be heard as arts advocates. We’ve been watching and just wanted to give a quick summary of the current state budget status. Legislative leaders have announced a budget deal that includes reducing the Oklahoma Arts Council’s funding by a disappointing 16.3% from […]

May 25

50 Stories 50 Years: Norman Veterans Center

  Norman Veterans Center, Norman  |  Government  |  http://odva.ok.gov/content/norman    As part of a pilot arts program, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Veterans Center teamed up to provide a creative writing course for veterans. For veterans like Bill O’Pecko, writing was a meaningful strategy for engaging with lingering and difficult memories of war. […]

May 13

Speak up for Arts Education: Petition

We — a diverse group of active and engaged residents of Oklahoma — are writing to you in strong support of arts education as imperative for Oklahoma students. We believe Oklahoma should be a state where each child participates in high-quality arts learning experiences in school and the community… As school districts across the state struggle […]

May 05

The Work Begins Today: OK Art Day

By Oklahoma Arts Day Committee Member Angela Williams, Paoli, OK Oklahoma Arts Day at the Capitol is honestly one of my favorite events of the year. However, the planning, executing and networking to champion the Arts in Oklahoma can be exhilarating and exhausting. It would be easy to check that off our list and proceed […]

May 02

Top 11 reasons to go to OK Arts Day:

By Lucy Swanson, Oklahoma Arts Day Co-Chair & Founder of The Arts in Guthrie 11. Did you say Sugar Free Allstars and Chase Kerby rockin’ the Capitol? YES! And Chill with the beautiful sounds of the OKC Philharmonic’s Brass Duo…Sweeeeeet! Performer schedule 10. Learn about the huge renovation of our State Capitol that is underway […]

April 30

Action Alert Issued: Arts Education & Budgets in Balance

We need your action so that every Oklahoman can experience and benefit from the arts. Efforts are underway to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council, possibly moving our arts agency under the Department of Tourism. Lawmakers need to hear from you now. As we prepare for Oklahoma Arts Day on May 4 (hope you’re coming), legislative […]

April 29

Arts advocates to rally at State Capitol on May 4

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 […]

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 […]

April 12

Art of Community Building: Medicine Park

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: NA […]

March 22

Art of Community Building: Duncan

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 […]

March 16

6 Weeks into Oklahoma’s Legislative Session: Update

  What do we know halfway through the Oklahoma Legislature’s session?   Oklahomans for the Arts has been tracking and weighing in on bills related to arts education, public art, cultural districts, nonprofit contributions and more. If you’ve been watching the news, you likely are aware of the significant budget crisis our Legislature seeks to […]

March 08

Art of Community Building: Jenks

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 […]

March 02

50 Stories 50 Years: Les Gilliam

Les Gilliam  |  Oklahoma Arts Council’s Performing Artist Roster  |  www.lesgilliam.com       The music of Les Gilliam, member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Performing Artist Roster and official “Oklahoma Balladeer,” has crisscrossed the state for many years thanks to the work of the Oklahoma Arts Council. Now that another round of budget cuts is […]

February 26

Why Advocate?

  I had such a good time speaking at the Leadership Arts* program yesterday and want to share my presentation slides with more of you in case they are helpful for introducing Oklahomans for the Arts and the importance of advocacy. See here. The main topic was to encourage effective, early advocacy and why it’s important for […]

February 24

Arts & Economic Prosperity Report: Info Session

  As you know, Oklahomans for the Arts has joined Americans for the Arts’ latest national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5! Read more about the study here. Our participation will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the arts and culture industry in Oklahoma. This important research project will tell us just how many jobs and […]

February 17

50 Stories 50 Years: Sugar Free Allstars

Chris Wiser, Sugar Free Allstars, Edmond  |  Artist  |  www.SugarFreeAllstars.com       The Grammy-featured, family funk super duo Sugar Free Allstars educates and performs in communities across the state. Their work cultivates artistic discernment  in students and economic vitality in central Oklahoma. Member Chris Wise had this to say about the importance of public funding. […]

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 […]

February 12

50 Stories 50 Years: An OKCPS Visual Arts Educator

  Gail Sloop, OKCPS Visual Art Educator  |  Individual  |  okcps.org   As a visual arts educator with OKCPS, Gail Sloop has seen public funding for the arts support creative, integrated learning on Oklahoma history, art, and culture among OKC elementary students. “My mission is to expose young children, pre-kindergarten to 6th, to the arts,” […]

Thanks to our members! Your support is essential.

Thanks to Our Nonprofit Organization Members! Artists Reach Out  Edmond artistsreachout.org Arts for All, Inc. Lawton http://www.lawtonafa.org The Arts in Guthrie Guthrie Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma Oklahoma City http://www.brightmusic.org Chamber Music Tulsa Tulsa http://www.chambermusictulsa.org Chickasha Area Arts Council Chickasha http://www.chickashaarts.org Chisholm Trail Heritage Association Duncan http://www.onthechisholmtrail.com Duncan Little Theatre Duncan http://www.duncanlittletheatre.com Eufaula Area Arts Council […]

February 08

50 Stories 50 Years: Sapulpa Arts

Sapulpa Arts, Sapulpa  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  |  Facebook Page 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 […]

January 18

50 Stories 50 Years: The Oklahoma Arts Institute

Oklahoma Arts Institute, Lone Wolf  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  |  www.oaiquartz.org      Since the summer of 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain has been bringing luminary artists like America’s first Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief, Emeritus U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and the nation’s first female orchestra conductor Judith Somogi to its statewide arts […]

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, […]

January 13

50 Stories 50 Years: Theatre North

Theatre North, Tulsa  |  501(c)(3)  Non-profit  |  https://www.facebook.com/theatrenorthtulsa/   Theatre North’s production of plays that reflect the African-American experience has been an integral element in the revival of Tulsa’s Greenwood District. Public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council has supported Theatre North’s participation in Tulsa’s Greenwood Arts Jubilee series – a series that has drawn […]

January 11

50 Stories 50 Years: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation

South Asian Performing Arts Foundation, Tulsa  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  |  http://www.sapaf.org/en/   Since 2006, South Asian Performing Arts Foundation (SAPAF) has been promoting awareness of the traditional classic and folk arts of the Indian subcontinent through performance art. Combining public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from local Indian-owned businesses, SAPAF brings world-class […]