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 […]

Governor’s Arts Awards


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


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!


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 […]