OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 4, 2021 – Allied Arts announces that more than $130,000 in grants has been awarded to 25 local arts and cultural nonprofits through its annual grant programs focusing on two areas: Educational Outreach and Capacity-Building. These grants bring Allied Arts’ total support of more than 40 cultural nonprofits to $2.8 million this fiscal year.

“The Allied Arts Educational Outreach Program supports a broad range of programming that provides school-aged children across Oklahoma the opportunity to learn and grow through arts education and cultural experiences,” said Allied Arts President and CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner. “From virtual or in-person fieldtrips to museums and performing arts venues to adding lessons from artists in underperforming schools to enhance comprehension of core subjects, grants like these help provide vital arts education.”

The focus of the Allied Arts Educational Outreach Program is providing arts-based educational opportunities for underserved and at-risk K-12 students across the state who otherwise might not be exposed to or benefit from experiences with the arts.

The Allied Arts Capacity-Building Program provides assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural agencies as they work to strengthen their organizational capability to better fulfill their missions. Examples of projects funded by this program include board and volunteer management exercises, staff development opportunities and strategic-planning assistance. Another area of assistance is technological upgrades, which proved vital to many organizations being able to offer virtual classes and live-stream performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Allied Arts is committed to enhancing access to the arts for more Oklahomans,” said Bill Schonacher, Allied Arts grants chair. “Donor investments in Allied Arts are directed to strong, relevant nonprofits meeting the diverse needs and populations of our community. Every grant proposal and applying organization is carefully examined by a committee of community and corporate volunteers and then shared with the Allied Arts executive committee for final approval.”

Organizations interested in applying for Allied Arts grant awards can visit for more information. For questions, contact Jennifer Bryan at Allied Arts at 405.278.8944.

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 $79 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. Learn more at

Allied Arts counts more than 40 nonprofit cultural organizations under its umbrella. Member agencies include:

  • Ambassadors’ Concert Choir
  • Arts Council Oklahoma City
  • Canterbury Voices
  • Carpenter Square Theatre
  • Cimarron Opera
  • deadCenter Film
  • Firehouse Art Center
  • Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Thelma Gaylord Academy
  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan School of Dance
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
  • OK City Chorus
  • Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
  • Oklahoma Shakespeare
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)
  • Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
  • Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma
  • Prairie Dance Theatre
  • Red Earth, Inc.
  • Science Museum Oklahoma
  • The Sooner Theatre

For more information, contact Allied Arts at 405.278.8944 or visit



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