Oklahoma City, Okla. June 23, 2020 –  Allied Arts President and CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner announced today that Allied Arts has distributed $153,000 to 28 arts groups through the Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund, which launched in early April. The total financial impact of COVID-19 related losses and unexpected expenses expressed in the 28 grant applications exceeds $10 million and continues to grow as new challenges and expenses emerge. 

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our network of cultural nonprofits. They have lost significant income with the cancellation of major festivals, fundraising events and entire seasons,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner. “As a result, many of our arts groups have begun laying off important members of their team, with some organizations losing two-thirds of their entire staff composition.” 

Allied Arts seeded the relief fund with $100,000 and raised more than $53,000. It has since distributed those funds to 28 cultural organizations through four grant cycles. Because of limited resources, only seven requests were fully funded and $137,000 more is needed to make the remaining requests whole.

Allied Arts seeks community support as it continues to raise dollars for the relief fund and the financial impact of COVID-19 continues to increase. Summer camp enrollment – a significant revenue generator for many arts groups – has decreased; fall seasons have been cancelled; and fundraising events rescheduled for later in the year have been postponed again or cancelled indefinitely.

Arts nonprofits were among the first to be drastically affected by COVID-19 and will be among the last to resume normalcy following it. The financial impact has been and will continue to be devastating. Although Allied Arts has expended the funds committed for its relief aid program, it continues working to provide vital assistance to cultural groups in the intermediate and long-term phase of the pandemic’s impact on their operations, programming and outreach.

A full list of Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund grantees and grant amounts is available at

Individuals or corporations interested in making a donation, or looking for more information, should visit our website. For questions on how to donate or questions regarding the grant, contact Jennifer Bryan at Allied Arts at 405-278-8944 or


 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 $70 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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