Allied Arts launches annual fundraising campaign for the arts
$3 million + GOAL ANNOUNCED
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., January 18, 2017 – Under the leadership of campaign co-chairs Ann-Clore and Walt Duncan and Camilla and David Ostrowe, Allied Arts kicked off its 2017 fund raising campaign to raise more than $3 million for central Oklahoma’s cultural community. Over 400 sponsors and volunteers attended the kickoff event at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Tuesday, January 17th.
The event featured inspiring performances by a variety of non-profit organizations supported by Allied Arts through allocations and grants. The event gave these artists the opportunity to tell their personal stories about how the arts can change lives. As campaign co-chair Ann-Clore Duncan said, “If you have been inspired tonight by one of the stories that you’ve heard, please know that your support will ensure that the arts can heal, teach, mentor and change the lives of Oklahomans across the state. Join us in building a stronger community by investing in Allied Arts.” Performers represented at the Allied Arts kickoff event included: Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, The Sooner Theatre, Granville Community School of Music, Ambassador’s Concert Choirs and Life Change Ballroom.
Campaign funds provide grants to more than 40 arts and cultural organizations in Oklahoma. For the 26 Allied Arts member agencies, funds are used to offset operating costs; underwrite productions, performances and exhibits; create new programming and provide free and affordable arts programming. In addition, the campaign reaches beyond member agencies by awarding grants to qualified non-profit cultural organizations to expand the reach of arts education and strengthen organizational capacities.
The annual campaign also provides an opportunity to honor individuals for their philanthropic leadership and contributions to the community. In 2017, Allied Arts will recognize Rand and Jeanette Elliott. This dynamic duo represents the best in arts partnership, service and advocacy. As Executive Vice President/Creative Services at Ackerman McQueen, Jeanette Elliott marketed the arts and arts education in several seminal campaigns for Allied Arts and served for many years on the organization’s board of directors and executive committee. An award winning architect and principal at Elliott + Associates, Rand most recently designed the new building “Folding Light” for Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown campus.
A gift of any size can make a difference. Just $10 provides a pair of ballet slippers for an afterschool program at a Boys & Girls Club site. A $100 donation provides visual arts programming for 15 seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Some donation levels provide benefits for the donor. Individuals donating $50 or more receive the OKCityCard, a premier entertainment discount card offering year-round savings at more than 300 arts events and activities, local retail stores and restaurants. Those donating $1,000 or more will receive membership to Circle Club, Allied Arts’ patron group, and individuals donating $1,500 or more will receive an invitation to a special event honoring Rand and Jeanette Elliott on March 28th.
For more information or to contribute, please visit www.AlliedArtsOKC.com or call (405) 278-8944. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted any time.
About Allied Arts
As a United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for cultural organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating for arts education, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Since its founding in 1971, the organization has raised more than $60 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma.