OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 10, 2017 – Allied Arts announced today the distribution of $120,964 in grants to 32 nonprofit cultural organizations in central Oklahoma. In addition to its allocation grant program which is restricted to member agencies, Allied Arts manages two grant programs open to all qualified arts nonprofits to expand youth education programming throughout the state and strengthen the capacity-building efforts of the cultural community.

“We are thrilled to provide ongoing support to local cultural nonprofits working to bring arts experiences to Oklahoma children and to help strengthen nonprofit capacity to fulfill their missions,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts president and CEO. “In fact, Allied Arts is the only funder providing capacity-building opportunities for cultural nonprofit organizations. And with budget cuts eliminating arts programming in schools, Allied Arts grants are helping to ensure Oklahoma students benefit from exposure to the arts. Our grants are possible through the Allied Arts annual fundraising campaigns and the generous support of our community.”

Allied Arts’ educational outreach grants facilitate arts youth programs in classrooms, afterschool sites, art venues and community centers with a focus on providing cultural experiences for underserved K-12 students statewide. Some of the projects that received funding this cycle include scholarships for art camps, funding for arts programming in schools and free afterschool art activities.

Allied Arts’ capacity-building grants enable arts nonprofits to build their organizational capacities in a number of areas, including fundraising, board development and volunteer management to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions. Examples of projects funded by the program include technology upgrades, consultant fees to improve fundraising efforts and professional development opportunities.

As with all Allied Arts grant programs, a committee of board members, corporate representatives and volunteers review grant requests and make recommendations for funding to the executive committee of the board of directors. Chaired by Steve Mason, Bluebird Consulting, this year’s grants review committee was comprised of: Janet Hudson, retired, Edmond Public Schools; Peggy Kates, Midwest Wrecking; Steve Kerr, The Kerr Foundation, Inc.; Amanda Kirkpatrick-Lawler, Metro Mark Realtors; Ed Krei, retired, The Baker Group; Debbie Nauser, STRAT.COMM, LLC; Steve Prescott, OMRF; Bill Schonacher, IBC Bank; Kent Shortridge, Oklahoma Natural Gas; and Chuck Thompson, Republic Bank & Trust.

The complete list of educational outreach and capacity-building grantees in the second round of FY 2017 grantmaking is as follows:

Organization Educational Outreach Award Project Summary Capacity-Building Award Project Summary
Arts Council Oklahoma City $6,000.00 Support All Access Arts Dance to Learn initiative for students at Lighthouse Charter Academy    
[Artspace] Untitled $3,000.00 Support Mentorship Program with students working on the medium of printmaking    
BLAC, Inc. $3,000.00 Support arts integration at Cesar Chavez and Wilson Elementary schools  
Canterbury Voices $3,500.00 Support Camp Canterbury summer camp
Carpenter Square Theatre $2,000.00 Support Mainstage program which provides matinees and study guides for high school classrooms $725.00 Support for technology upgrades
Cimarron Opera $3,200.00 Support the Scholastic Opera Tour which brings operas to schools statewide
deadCenter Film Institute $5,000.00 Support deadCenter University which enables high schoolers to learn from accomplished film makers
Firehouse Art Center $5,000.00 Help keep tuition low, provide financial assistance and procure high-quality supplies for the Youth & Teens Program
Individual Artists of Oklahoma $3,000.00 Help strengthen an afterschool partnership with Positive Tomorrows
Jazz in June $2,000.00 Support free educational workshops at the Jazz in June festival
Life Change Ballroom $3,000.00 Support the Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program (YELP), a dance education, life skills training and mentorship program
Lyric Theatre $5,200.00 Support MUSICAL INTERACTIVE,  a touring musical production using songs and scenes from the classic stage musical, 1776 $3,000.00 Help fund staff participation in the National Alliance of Musical Theatre conference
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art $3,300.00 Help keep tuition low, offer financial assistance and provide art supplies for summer classes and camps $2,040.00 Help fund staff attendance to the annual conference of museums
Metropolitan School of Dance $3,000.00 Support workshops, performances and lectures to students in low-income, urban schools
Myriad Gardens Foundation $1,500.00 Provide supplies for craft- and art-making at the Children’s Summer Book Festival and Pumpkinville
Norman Arts Council $3,000.00 Help provide scholarships for K-8th grade low-income students to participate in arts education
Oklahoma Children’s Theatre $6,000.00 Help provide scholarships for low-income children to enroll in spring and summer art camps $2,500.00 Help fund the purchase and installation of check-in systems to enhance student security
Oklahoma City Ballet $5,000.00 Support ArtsReach which offers students statewide the opportunity to learn about ballet and view a performance at the Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City Museum of Art $5,000.00 Help provide scholarships for low-income families to enroll their children in art camps and to provide supplies for spring and summer programming $2,040.00 Help fund staff attendance to the annual conference of museums
Oklahoma City Philharmonic $5,000.00 Support the Youth Concert Series which is presented free of charge to schools for students to experience a live performance by a professional orchestra
Oklahoma Contemporary $5,000.00 Help provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged families to enroll their children in summer camp as well as provide supplies for the various camp sessions $1,020.00 Help fund staff attendance at the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual conference
Oklahoma Hall of Fame $2,500.00 Support the Free Field Trip program which enables students to learn about the state’s history and view artwork from Oklahoma artists
Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra $1,000.00 Support a student orchestra fieldtrip to New Orleans, birthplace of jazz
Oklahoma Museums Association $1,020.00 Help fund staff attendance to the annual conference of museums
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park $2,500.00 Help fund the hiring of a consultant to identify grant opportunities and write proposals for free school outreach
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition $3,000.00 Support outreach to engage high school students in the arts in Oklahoma $1,045.00 Help fund participation in the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras $3,000.00 Support scholarships awarded to low-income students
Plaza District Association $3,000.00 Support regular arts education for students at Eugene Field Elementary which is currently without a visual arts teacher
Pollard Theatre $500.00 Provide supplies for performances $874.00 Support telephone upgrades
Prairie Dance Theatre $3,000.00 Support the Youth Company which is offered afterschool in four elementary schools with at least 98% of the student body on the free and reduced lunch program
Red Earth $2,000.00 Support purchase of new hardware, security licenses, installation labor and cloud storage fees
Science Museum Oklahoma $5,500.00 Subsidize admission and transportation costs for Title I to attend Space Day and experiment with scientists and develop their creative and problem-solving skills
$102,200.00 $18,764.00


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 $60 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma.

Allied Arts member agencies are:

  • Ambassadors’ Concert Choir
  • Arts Council Oklahoma City
  • Canterbury Voices
  • Carpenter Square Theatre
  • Cimarron Opera
  • deadCenter Film Institute
  • Firehouse Art Center
  • Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO)
  • 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 in the Park
  • 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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