ALLIED ARTS LAUNCHES COVID-19 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA ARTS RELIEF FUND TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

ALLIED ARTS LAUNCHES COVID-19 CENTRAL OKLAHOMA ARTS RELIEF FUND TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

ALLIED ARTS SEEKING COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR EMERGENCY FUND

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., April 3, 2020 – Allied Arts President and CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner announced today that in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on central Oklahoma’s cultural community, Allied Arts has launched The Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund to help arts nonprofits in their time of need.  

“In this unprecedented moment, we are witnessing an increased demand for the joy brought to humankind through the arts,” said Senner. “With elevated support from the community, our arts groups can come out of this situation stronger and equipped to deliver outreach that educates, inspires and brings joy.” 

Allied Arts has seeded the fund with $100,000 and appeals to the community to grow the fund in coming months. Allied Arts encourages local individuals, companies and foundations to donate at any amount to help our cultural organizations mitigate financial losses and unanticipated expenditures related to COVID-19.  

Arts nonprofits in particular have been adversely affected by COVID-19 as restrictions are in place limiting social gatherings. As such, their fundraising events have been cancelled; exhibits and artist talks have closed; and performances have been postponed indefinitely. The immediate relief grants received through the Allied Arts Emergency Relief Fund will enable central Oklahoma’s arts organizations to help retain core functions and staff, make up for financial losses and cover unexpected expenses.

“Allied Arts continues to pave the way towards financial stability for arts nonprofits large and small throughout the central Oklahoma region,” said Arts Council OKC Executive Director, Peter Dolese.  “This Emergency Relief Fund will help with desperately needed dollars when many arts nonprofits are truly struggling to keep providing services to the community. Services that are more important now than ever as we search for avenues of creative connection in these difficult times.”

Allied Arts will award relief grants of $1,000 – $15,000 per organization. Award amounts will vary based on organizational budget size, scope of programs, emerging needs and total resources available. Applications will open on Monday, April 6. Additional rounds of grants may be made depending on resource availability. 

Individuals or corporations interested in making a donation, or looking for more information, should visit alliedartsokc.com/covid19. For questions on how to donate or questions regarding the grant, contact Jennifer Bryan at Allied Arts at 405-278-8944 or jennifer.bryan@alliedartsokc.com. 

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 www.alliedartsokc.com.

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 alliedartsokc.com. 

 

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