This week we visited several of our member agencies and grantees to hear from them just what impact the arts have had in their life. Although National Arts in Education Week is coming to a close, we considered it a privileged to use our platform to spread awareness about the power of the arts in schools. Our friends at deadCenter, Canterbury Voices and Current Studio, to name a few, raved about using the arts to engage otherwise underserved students. Studies show, bringing arts into […]
This week’s total solar eclipse was the talk of the town country! Our team watched the eclipse at an event hosted by Science Museum Oklahoma, one of our 26 member agencies. The museum provided hands-on activities outdoors and eclipse-themed shows inside in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. Hundreds gathered to watch in awe through creative viewing utensils and telescopes provided by the museum. Astronomy experts were also on-site to answer questions about what was happening, why we saw so many crescents, and how to safely view the eclipse. Even though we weren’t in the […]
A few days remain for organizations to apply for our Educational Outreach and Capacity Building grants, available to qualified arts and cultural nonprofits around the metro. The grants are designed to help central Oklahoma sustain a thriving arts community with valued programming accessible to everyone. Each spring, two sets of volunteer committees convene with our arts partners to ensure that donor contributions are invested in healthy, sustainable and relevant cultural nonprofit organizations. Allied Arts board member Glen Maynard recently shared his thoughts on our allocations process and […]
“Creative and artistic kids are different. From the beginning. They stand out…at the expense of ridicule. They think, feel and process information differently than their peers. They need other artistic people around them. My son, John, is one of those kids. Despite being a very joyous individual, he clearly became increasingly despondent as peer issues increased at school. He was alone. And different. Then we found The Sooner Theatre. It’s his second home now. He has the encouragement and freedom […]
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We’re looking for a student to join our team! This is an opportunity for valuable background experience in a nonprofit setting. You’ll assist us with administrative/clerical duties, mainly working with our office manager and finance director in organizing and preparing materials for the 2018 campaign for the arts. This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours. If you’re interested, please send a resume and short statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]