Allied Arts Launches Annual Campaign for the Arts

GOAL TO exceed $3.6 million





OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 14, 2022 Allied Arts held its 2022 Campaign Kickoff event on March 10 at the new Oklahoma City Convention Center. More than 300 guests convened to celebrate the public launch of the 2022 fundraising campaign – postponed due to the Omicron variant spike earlier in the year. Allied Arts board chair Steve Mason welcomed donors, sponsors, volunteers and government leaders who came together to celebrate the arts.


Sody and Robert Clements, 2022 Campaign Chairs, announced that Allied Arts had raised more than $2 million to date. “Our arts groups are committed to making art more accessible to all,” said Allied Arts Campaign Chair Sody Clements. “By exceeding the $3.6 million goal, Allied Arts funding will help make it possible for leading cultural agencies to remove transportation and financial barriers for children from low-income families to enroll in summer camps; bring arts-integrated curriculum into underperforming schools; and help veteran, elderly and hospitalized populations heal through dance, ceramic arts and more.”


Throughout the 2022 campaign, Allied Arts will recognize the philanthropy and vision of Cathy and Phil Busey as Honorary Chairs. They have been longtime Allied Arts donors, serve as leadership volunteers with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and co-founded El Sistema Oklahoma, a free, after-school program that transforms children’s lives through music instruction.


The Campaign Kickoff event featured inspiring performances by a variety of nonprofit organizations supported by Allied Arts and the reveal of the Allied Arts 2022 campaign video. Organizations represented at the Allied Arts Kickoff event included: Painted Sky Opera, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Sooner Theatre and El Sistema Oklahoma.


After the Kickoff program conclusion, Allied Arts walked guests across the street to view a sneak preview of the Allied Arts GLOW outdoor exhibit. The exhibit, consisting of two temporary, public art installations, will be on display at Scissortail Park until April 10. In addition to the installation, Allied Arts will host “Catch the Glow,” a community thank you celebration at Scissortail Park on the evening of April 8. The event will be free and open to all ages, featuring a hot air balloon night glow, synchronized drone light show, glow-in-the-dark art from local artists, live performances, food trucks and more.


It is critical that Allied Arts raise more than last year as our arts groups continue to feel the effects of COVID-19 on their programming and operations. Over a 10-month period alone, arts agencies reported a $43.7 million loss, according to an Oklahoma Arts Council survey. Three cultural nonprofit organizations had to close their doors due to COVID-19. Allied Arts is committed to helping our arts groups overcome the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19.


Donations are tax-deductive and can be made at Just $10 provides a pair of ballet slippers for an afterschool program, while $25 underwrites 50 quality music lessons for financially disadvantaged students. A $100 donation provides visual arts programming for 15 seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Some donation levels provide benefits for the donor. Individuals donating $50 or more receive the OKCityCard, a premier entertainment discount card offering year-round savings at more than 400 arts events and activities, local retail stores and restaurants. Those donating $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 or more will receive additional benefits and donor group membership.


For more information or to contribute, please visit or call (405) 278-8944.

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