A Glimpse of Russian Extravagance


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!


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 […]

Thank You – David Holland

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It’s National Volunteer Week, so we want to make sure and spend time this week shining a light on some of our incredible volunteers. Today, we would like to introduce you to David Holland! If you’ve come to our ARTini fundraiser, you’ve probably seen him helping us wrap the art at the party. We couldn’t do it without him! Thank you for volunteering your time and helping Allied Arts! DAVID HOLLAND Born in Lawton, OK in 1959 – Lived in […]

Sharing your story: Lance McDaniel

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Lance McDaniel, Executive Director of deadCENTER Film Festival, shared with us how the arts have impacted his life and the lives of his family members. This is his story.         “I was raised in Alva, Oklahoma to parents who believed in the importance of the arts. My two older brothers and I sang in the Alva Boys Choir; played instruments in the school marching band; took dance, painting and piano lessons; built pinewood derby cars for Boy […]

Sharing Your Story: Julie Hall

Next to share their story is Julie Hall, a longtime leader and supporter of Allied Arts. Growing up in Southern California, my parents made sure that the arts were a part of our lives.  I remember going to the LA County Museum of Art and seeing exhibits that included Van Gogh, Rothko and Faberge.  As kids, we were awestruck that Van Gogh had cut his ear off; didn’t understand why Rothko’s blobs of color were considered art; and were enthralled […]

Sharing Your Story: Suzanne Peck

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We’re encouraging people to think about times that the arts impacted their lives and to share their stories. This experience was told by Suzanne Peck, a local artist with a great memory of a date with her uncle. One hot summer in 1980 in Oklahoma City, I was leisurely paddling around our backyard pool in Belle Isle, with my Mom, my Uncle Vernon and my two younger brothers talking about art with Vernon. It was pretty established that I liked art as I […]

Sharing your Story: Renzi Stone

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Allied Arts’ 2015 Campaign Co-Chair and Saxum CEO, Renzi Stone’s Story: Being exposed to the arts at a young age changed me. I know, most people see a 6’9 guy and immediately associate him with basketball. I love sports. Athletics is very important for character development and learning how to work with others. But it is the arts that expanded my understanding of what was possible in the world, beyond my reality. If athletics taught me how to be competitive, […]

Granville Winter Recital


Two weeks ago, a couple of Allied Arts staff members had the opportunity to watch one night of the Granville Community Music School Winter Recitals. The Granville School of Music is a program of the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma that provides quality music instruction to talented children from low-income families for the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. It is an incredible program, so we want to make sure that everyone is made aware of the good work taking place […]