Allied arts grantmaking for the entire year totals more than $2.5 million


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., February 20, 2020 – Allied Arts President and CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner announced today that $133,500 has been awarded to 31 local arts and cultural nonprofits through its Educational Outreach and Capacity-Building grant programs.

“We are committed to providing school-aged children across Oklahoma the opportunity to learn and grow through arts education and cultural experiences,” said Senner. “The Allied Arts Educational Outreach Program offers grants that support a broad range of programming – from the placement of teaching artists in underperforming schools to enhance comprehension of core subjects to fieldtrips to tour museums as well as to performing arts venues to watch live theatrical or dance performances.”

The focus of the Allied Arts Educational Outreach Program is the provision of arts educational opportunities for underserved, low-income and at-risk K-12 students in urban and rural parts of the state who otherwise might not have the opportunity to benefit from regular exposure to the arts.

Educational Outreach sponsors include: Allied Arts Catalyst, Bank of America, ChappelWood Financial Services, Dobson Family Foundation, Flogistix, Hobby Lobby, JPMorgan Chase, Kimray and UMB Bank.

The Allied Arts Capacity-Building Program assists nonprofit arts and cultural agencies in strengthening their organizational capability to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions. Examples of projects funded by the program include technological upgrades, long-range planning, board and volunteer management exercises, and professional development opportunities.

In this fiscal year, Allied Arts has granted more than $2.5 million to 40 cultural nonprofits through two funding cycles of the Educational Outreach and Capacity-Building Programs which are open to qualified central Oklahoma arts agencies, as well as through the annual Allocations Program limited to the 25 Allied Arts member agencies.

“Through its three grant programs, Allied Arts is committed to heightening access to the arts for more Oklahomans,” said Bill Schonacher, Allied Arts grants chairperson and President & CEO of IBC Bank. “Every grant proposal is carefully examined by a committee of community and corporate volunteers, with their recommendations approved by the full Allied Arts Board of Directors, to ensure that donor investments in Allied Arts are directed to strong, relevant nonprofits meeting the diverse needs of our community.”

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 $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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