Allied Arts has the privilege of working alongside an outstanding group of men and women that serve on our board and volunteer with our organization. They are a diverse collection of community leaders, talented artists and generous philanthropists. We are taking the time each month to introduce one of them to you.
This month’s Board Member Spotlight is on Dr. Kay Goebel.
Kay Goebel, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Private Practice
When did you join the Allied Arts Board?
I have been a member of the Allied Arts Board since 2008.
What drew you to Allied Arts?
I have a long time interest in the arts. I was Chair of the Oklahoma Arts Council for 4 years, President of the OKC Arts Council for 2 years, Festival Co-Chair for 2 years…due to the bombing. James Pickel and I chaired those two years, 1995 and 1996. I believe that a strong and vibrant cultural community makes a great place to live. Allied Arts helps to build that community.
What has been the most rewarding Board experience for you so far?
My most rewarding Board experience was co-chairing the Annual Campaign for Allied Arts with Fred Hall. Oklahoma City has amazing volunteers and donors that are willing to work to make the city a better place.
Do you have any hidden (or public) arts talents or hobbies?
My talents have been used for presenting talks on over 20 artists for the American Institute of Medical Education at sites all over the world. My talks have featured artists such as Michelangelo, El Greco, Raphael, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Allen Houser, Charles Russell and Frederick Remington. One particular talk was on Jorn Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. These presentations have been very rewarding experiences.
How have the arts had an impact on you or your community?
The continued emergence of art venues, artists and great presentation of all arts forms has had a very positive impact on me and the community.
Tell us about a favorite memory that includes the arts.
When I was in 6th grade, our school had an arts program and an arts instructor. I really enjoyed painting and my instructor recommended that I attend a local college and take advanced painting classes. That was a very good experience.
What is a goal that you hope to achieve through your Allied Arts involvement?
I want to continue to give of my time and talents any way I can to help Allied Arts and other arts organizations build OKC into a truly magnificent cultural community that serves all of our citizens in all parts of our metro area. I am especially interested in getting more arts education to school children of all ages.
Why do you support the arts?
I support the arts because it is rewarding. I have made and continue to make great friends and I want to do what I can to make Oklahoma City a great place to live.
Thank you, Dr. Goebel, for everything you have done for Allied Arts. We appreciate your continued support of the arts community in Central Oklahoma!