Allied Arts awards more than $147,000 in grants

Local arts organizations to use grant funds to drive innovation and engagement


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., October 19, 2021 –  Allied Arts recently approved 35 educational outreach and capacity-building grants totaling $147,682 as part of more than $2.5 million to be distributed this fiscal year.

Open to qualified central Oklahoma cultural nonprofits, the educational outreach program focuses on increasing access to arts experiences for underserved K-12 Oklahoma students while also broadening outreach to veterans, hospitalized adults, developmentally disabled adults and the elderly.

The capacity-building program assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in building organizational capability to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions.

Educational outreach projects supported in this cycle include in-school and virtual dance classes, visual art lessons with healing components for youth at SSM Behavioral Health, concerts for entire classes of schoolchildren, and financial assistance for low-income students to participate in extracurricular music programs, theatre camps and instrument lessons.

Capacity-building funding this cycle will support technology upgrades to facilitate the delivery of remote/virtual programming, equipment upgrades to enhance audiences’ experiences and safety, and professional development for art administrators.

“The submissions for this cycle of grants indicate that nonprofit arts groups continue to be affected greatly by the pandemic,” said Allied Arts grants review committee chair Mims Talton. “But they also demonstrate that these groups are being incredibly creative and innovative in how they are reaching their audiences and continuing to provide the programming our community needs and loves. It’s important that Allied Arts is able to provide these grants to help sustain these innovative efforts.”

Also on the grants review committee are Matthew Denman, Dana Harper, Janet Hudson, Amanda Kirkpatrick-Lawler, Debbie Nauser, Usha Turner and Marcus Whitworth.

The Allied Arts 2021-2022 Educational Outreach program is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations: ChappelWood Financial Services, Compellier, Dobson Family Foundation, Flogistix, Gannett Foundation, Hobby Lobby, JPMorgan Chase, Kimray, Oklahoma Natural Gas, UMB Bank and UPS Foundation.

For the comprehensive list of grant awards and to see past recipients, visit The deadline for the next round of educational outreach and capacity-building applications is January 21, 2022. For questions regarding grants, please contact

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 $82 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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