Allied Arts was formed in 1971 as a way for the community to support and engage with central Oklahoma’s cultural groups.
A single donation to Allied Arts helps ensure that a variety of local arts organizations have the tools and resources they need to remain strong and offer quality programming to the public. Together these agencies touch the lives of more than one million people annually, including more than 700,000 arts experiences for school-age children in the last year. Each year, Allied Arts conducts a community-wide campaign to raise critical funds for the nonprofit arts organizations it supports. All sectors of the community – including corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations and individuals – contribute to the effort to advance the arts. These funds are then distributed to local arts organizations in support of their operating, programmatic and educational budgets. Allied Arts funding helps these organizations keep ticket prices low or offer free events so that more members of the community can experience the arts. Agencies also use campaign funds to provide innovative, hands-on arts education to schoolchildren across the state.
Since our founding, Allied Arts has mobilized more than $66 million on behalf of arts organizations.
But we do more than raise money for the arts. We promote arts education, advocate on their behalf, and raise awareness of the impact of the arts in our schools, communities and state. We also provide fundraising, technical and organizational management support to help keep our member agencies in strong financial and operating standing.