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

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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 […]

Governor’s Arts Awards

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Allied Arts is delighted to honor and celebrate the many contributions of all of this year’s Governor’s Arts Award recipients.  We were delighted that there were six recipients who are friends of Allied Arts! We especially want to congratulate the Governor’s Arts Award Winner and our nominee – Judy Love.  There are simply no words to say how grateful we are for all that you have done for the arts in this community. Thank you and congratulations!  We would also like […]

A Little Thanksgiving Creativity

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Have you thought about incorporating creativity into your Thanksgiving festivities this week? Whether it’s an activity for the kids or a DIY project for you to do, there are tons of ways that the arts can play a role in your Thanksgiving activities and decorations! Here are just a few websites with ideas to get you started… If you end up making something, we would love to see it and share it with the community! Take a picture, post it […]

Send-off for Clayton P. Moore

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We are sad to be saying good-bye to Clayton P. Moore. Our former Business Development and Employee Giving Manager is leaving Allied Arts to take on his new role as Executive Director of the Oklahoma WONDERtorium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Before he left, we asked him a few questions about his time at Allied Arts and his perspective on the arts in general. His closing interview is below… How long were you with Allied Arts?            16 […]

Over $325,000 raised through OPUS VIII!

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We’re ready to announce that this year’s OPUS event raised over $325,000 for our local arts community – more than any other Allied Arts event to date! Thank you so much to this year’s fantastic co-chairs, Robin & Brad Krieger and Valerie & Brad Naifeh. Your hard work, generosity and support helped make this event such a success! Additional thanks goes out to the wonderful OPUS Committee, Laurie & Charlie Givens, all the generous corporate and individual sponsors, and the 630 […]

A Morning at the Healing Studio

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“Life is like one big crazy puzzle.”… “Mine is rough because I’ve been through some rough times in my life.” Students at the Healing Studio at Norman Firehouse Art Center had the opportunity to express themselves by building a symbolic sculpture to represent their view of life and art. The pieces of work that these artists created were beautiful examples of art as an expressive outlet and art as an option for everyone. The Norman Firehouse website describes the Healing […]

Sitting Down with Stephanie

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  This week, we say goodbye to one of our staff members, Stephanie Scott Means. She is incredible and we will all miss her at the office… But, we are excited for her next stage of life and all the adventures around the corner. Before she left, we got an exit interview to hear about her time at Allied Arts and why she believes the arts are so important. There are some pretty powerful statements, so you should read all […]

National Arts & Humanities Month

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It’s National Arts & Humanities Month in October, as proclaimed by the President (see below). We decided to put in bold some of the statements that we especially loved. We are so grateful to have a country that understands the importance of arts and humanities in our culture and in our lives.  This month, let’s all find a way to celebrate the impact of the arts with people across the nation and in our local community. You can make your […]