Allied Arts Announces Distribution of $300,000 in Emergency Relief Awards

 Contact:    Deborah McAuliffe Senner



Allied Arts Announces Distribution of $300,000 in Emergency Relief Awards

Oklahoma City, Okla. October 14, 2020 – Today, Allied Arts announced the distribution of $300,000 in emergency relief grants to 22 nonprofit cultural organizations based in Oklahoma City. Grants of up to $24,000 were available to eligible arts nonprofits that demonstrated financial hardship following the onset of COVID-19. The grant program was funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation approved by the Oklahoma City Council.

“We greatly appreciate Mayor David Holt and our City Council’s recognition of the importance of the arts to Oklahoma City in times of prosperity and during challenging times,” said Allied Arts President and CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner. “The local creative industry has been hit significantly hard due to COVID-19, resulting in a projected hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue and new, unexpected expenses. The CDBG funds will help these arts nonprofits mitigate the devastating financial impact of the pandemic as well as support the delivery of programming in new, innovative ways. ”


Chaired by Liz Eickman of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, a committee of Allied Arts board members, community volunteers and City of Oklahoma City representatives reviewed applications and made funding recommendations. Committee members included: Matthew Gabrielson, City of Oklahoma City; Judge Jerome Holmes, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; Robbie Kienzle, City of Oklahoma City; Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy; Steve Mason, Mason Realty Investors; Dr. Dorscine Spigner-Littles, University of Oklahoma; and Chris Varga, City of Oklahoma City.


CDBG grants are being utilized to procure protective supplies to ensure the safety of staff, patrons and students; to purchase equipment to deliver programming remotely; to keep staff, artists and teaching artists employed; and to expand existing services.

To view the comprehensive list of award recipients, please visit

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 $73 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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