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Creating Jobs, Generating Commerce and Driving Tourism: the Economic Impact of the Arts in Oklahoma

Over the last year, Oklahomans for the Arts has worked diligently with partners across the state to procure data that reflects just how much of an impact the arts has on our economy. The Oklahoma Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study provides an in-depth look at the impact of Oklahoma’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The study finds that these nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632 in 2015-16, while attracting audiences, spurring business development, supporting jobs and creating government revenue. When spending […]

2017 Kentucky Derby Soiree Benefits Allied Arts

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The day before the 143rd Kentucky Derby, we were Always Dreaming with the Financial Diva Victoria Woods of treating 50 young girls to see a performance of the Nutcracker. The second annual Kentucky Derby Soiree took place Friday, May 5, with more than 75 guests in attendance. Guests were greeted with a gorgeous race horse from Remington Park, a red carpet and paparazzi. Our very own Laura Cunningham played songs including My Old Kentucky Home, and mint juleps, fabulous hats and southern recipes were […]

A Night to Remember at The Greatest ARTini on Earth

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We had a blast partying under the big top! Allied Arts young professionals group, Catalyst, hosted “The Greatest ARTini on Earth” on Friday, April 7. As one of the year’s most popular fundraising events, tickets sold out days before doors opened. ARTini is the perfect blend of local restaurants, entertainment and artists celebrating for a good cause!   Check out more photos online! Highlights: “People’s Choice” award winner – 1492 New World Latin Cuisine “Best ARTini” award winner – The Pump Bar […]

Meet Our Staff- Laura Cunningham

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Meet Laura Cunningham! She’s the OKCityCard Coordinator and Development Assistant. Where were you before Allied Arts and what brought you here? I graduated from Oklahoma City University right before I came to Allied Arts. I had interned here the summer before my senior year and loved learning about its mission. I had the opportunity to assist with lots of OKCityCard, board of directors, and other tasks during my internship, so I was excited to join the team.   What is […]

Meet Our Staff! Laura Ketchum

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There are some pretty amazing people on staff here at Allied Arts! This is the first of a series introducing you to the amazing staff who work tirelessly to support the arts in Oklahoma. All of our staff members were asked the same five questions at we got some awesome answers! Our first staff member is Laura Ketchum the Employee Giving Coordinator! Where were you before Allied Arts and what brought you here? I’m a musician. I taught high school […]

Heat of Summer Fun!

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Anyone who goes outside for any amount of time knows that the Oklahoma Summer has truly hit its stride. Between the weather and the start of school being right around the corner, it’s definitely time to find something fun to do. Hot temperatures and long days can leave a person feeling pretty lethargic- so check out these awesome events and performances hosted by our member agencies as a way to beat the heat! Lyric Theatre Fiddler on the Roof July […]

A Glimpse of Russian Extravagance

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the time of imperial Russian elegance? When you walk through the new exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, “Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars”, more than 230 objects created by Peter Karl Fabergé will take you back in time and give you a glimpse into that luxurious period of history.     On view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from June 20-September 27, 2015, the Fabergé […]

Thank you – Chris and Callie!

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National Volunteer Week is still underway and we are still saying THANK YOU! Allied Arts could not do what we do without the help of all of our incredible volunteers. We held a little interview with two of our supporters, Catalyst members, volunteers, and friends Chris and Callie Gruenwald! Tell us a little bit about yourselves.  Chris: I am from Dallas, Texas and have lived in OKC for approximately 7 years. Before that, I lived in Stillwater  and attended OSU. […]

Getting to Know – Laura Cunningham!

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One of our sweet and talented volunteers is Laura Cunningham. We conducted a short interview for her to tell a little bit about what the arts mean to her, how she’s been involved with Allied Arts, and why she believes that volunteering is important. Thank you for all the time and support you’ve given the local arts community, Laura! Laura Cunningham, 22 Bachelor of Music in Music Business from Oklahoma City University (May 2015) Hometown: Oklahoma City Hobbies: tennis, violin, ballroom […]

All About Able!

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Let’s meet Able Worth Blakley. He’s the owner of Savory Spice Shop OKC and one of Allied Arts’ great supporters, volunteers and friends. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to help bring some of our volunteers into the spotlight and show our gratitude! Here’s a little from Able… Able and Kari Blakley I grew up in northern Oklahoma, went to school at OU, and graduated with degrees in management and marketing.  I now own and operate Savory Spice […]