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 and middle school band in the Flint, Michigan metro area for nine years before I moved to Oklahoma City in 2014. After a 10th year teaching, I was eager to try something new and use my skill set in a way that would increase arts immersion for children on a grander scale.
What is your favorite way to enjoy the arts in our community?
I love visiting the local art museums, supporting efforts like the Plaza and Paseo districts, and other local community improvement initiatives. The OKC Philharmonic is a particular favorite, too. I love the vibrant feel of OKC’s arts scene; the arts transform neighborhoods just as completely as it can transform the lives of individuals.
How do you incorporate art into your daily life?
I still do quite a bit of conducting/leading ensembles, teaching, and adjudicating for band programs in the area. I play my instrument professionally in several groups, too.
What is your favorite form of art? (visual, performing, etc.)
My passions (and both degrees!) are in music.
What is your favorite piece of public art in OKC?
I love the murals that are continually springing up all over the city! They remind me that the city is a living thing, constantly shifting/changing/reinventing itself. Some of my favorites are on Western Avenue and in the Plaza District.
Anything else you would like to add?
If you live near OKC and aren’t taking advantage of all the arts scene has to offer, WAKE UP! There is SO MUCH to do, to see, to hear, and to feel. Get out and be creative. You don’t need a background in the arts to become passionate about all of the incredible things arts do in our community.
Next week we will meet Laura Cunningham!