On Wednesday, February 6, Allied Arts launched their 2019 campaign with the goal of raising more than $3.3 million under the leadership of campaign co-chairs Doug Stussi and John Higginbotham. Allied Arts President/CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner welcomed more than 350 donors, volunteers, and sponsors attending the annual campaign kickoff event that took place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Allied Arts has already raised almost $1.2 million towards their $3.3 million goal.
The event featured performances from El Sistema, Life Change Ballroom, KidsAlive!, and Sooner Theatre, four of the forty-plus grantees and member agencies that receive Allied Arts funding. In addition to performing the jive, salsa and hip-hop, students from Life Change Ballroom shared personal stories of the leadership and growth they’ve experienced through the program which provides life-skills training disguised as dance instruction. Funds for these nonprofits and arts nonprofits across central Oklahoma are needed to provide free and accessible cultural programming, youth arts education in schools and community centers, and healing arts for the sick, disabled, and veterans.
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In addition to the campaign goal announcement and the performances, the Honorable Frank and Mrs. Cathy Keating were introduced as the Honorary Chairs for the 2019 campaign in recognition of their lifetime philanthropic leadership and community contributions. The Honorable Frank and Mrs. Cathy Keating continue to give countless hours of service to the central Oklahoma community, and remain dedicated to Allied Arts member agencies, such as Lyric Theatre and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
“The outreach of Allied Arts-affiliated groups is happening 365 days a year, revitalizing neighborhoods, improving schools, and bringing hope and inspiration to families and individuals,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, President/CEO of Allied Arts. “Because Allied Arts does not receive city, county, state or federal funds, we rely on broad support from the entire community at all giving levels to transform lives through the arts.”
Campaign funds provide grants to more than 40 arts and cultural organizations in central Oklahoma. For 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. Furthermore, the campaign reaches beyond member agencies by awarding grants to qualified nonprofit cultural organizations to expand the reach of arts education across the state and strengthen organizational capacities.
Just $10 provides a pair of ballet slippers for an afterschool program, while $25 underwrites 50 quality music lessons for financially disadvantaged students. 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 400 arts events and activities, local retail stores and restaurants. Those donating $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 or more will receive membership in Circle Club, Allied Arts’ patron group.