Grant Requests Deadline Approaches

Summer Thursdays with Dr. John Herrington 1

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 […]

A Touching Testimonial

Students perform at The Sooner Theatre

“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 […]

Allied Arts Office Support Summership

Staff lunch at Iguana Mexican Grill

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

Creating Jobs, Generating Commerce and Driving Tourism: the Economic Impact of the Arts in Oklahoma


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 […]

2017 Kentucky Derby Soiree Benefits Allied Arts

Deborah, Victoria, Samantha

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 […]

A Night to Remember at The Greatest ARTini on Earth


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 Our Staff- Laura Cunningham


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 […]

Meet Our Staff! Laura Ketchum

Ketchum, Laura

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 […]

Heat of Summer Fun!


Anyone who goes outside for any amount of time knows that the Oklahoma Summer has truly hit its stride. Between the weather and the start of school being right around the corner, it’s definitely time to find something fun to do. Hot temperatures and long days can leave a person feeling pretty lethargic- so check out these awesome events and performances hosted by our member agencies as a way to beat the heat! Lyric Theatre Fiddler on the Roof July […]

A Glimpse of Russian Extravagance


Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the time of imperial Russian elegance? When you walk through the new exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, “Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars”, more than 230 objects created by Peter Karl Fabergé will take you back in time and give you a glimpse into that luxurious period of history.     On view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from June 20-September 27, 2015, the Fabergé […]