Oklahoma City, Okla. July 31, 2020 – Allied Arts is pleased to announce a campaign total of $3,446,573 was raised for central Oklahoma’s arts and cultural community through its 2020 fundraising campaign. Additionally, Allied Arts expended more than $153,000 through its Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund and secured $300,000 to be granted through its Community Development Block Grant partnership with the City of Oklahoma City. These combined dollars represent the highest amount allocated in the organization’s 49-year history.
“We are ecstatic to have exceeded our $3.4 million goal, particularly amidst the current economic climate,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts President and CEO. “Each and every donor proves vital to our mission.” Allied Arts board chairman Steve Mason added: “Over 5,400 donors joined together to support increased arts accessibility for our state – from arts education in low-income school districts to healing arts programming for veteran and elderly populations.”
Campaign funds reach over 40 local nonprofit arts organizations annually, providing resources vital to their operating, programmatic and educational budgets. Allied Arts agencies also utilize campaign funds to provide innovative arts education to schoolchildren across the state.
James Pickel, who has dedicated decades of service to the arts, served as honorary chair and Julie and Mark Beffort served as campaign co-chairs. The Befforts commented, “It has been an honor to serve as co-chairs of the 2020 Allied Arts Campaign. We have learned so much about the diverse cultural groups Allied Arts supports and its outreach to underserved communities. It’s been truly gratifying to advocate on their behalf.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allied Arts withheld from hosting its annual Campaign Celebration event. To safely commemorate the conclusion of the 2020 campaign, Allied Arts invited local artist Kris Kanaly, the featured artist of the 2020 campaign, to announce the campaign total through a time-lapse video of Kanaly creating his signature style.
Leading the charge among corporate donors, contributing $100,000 or more, were the Allied Arts Visionaries: The Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy Corporation, Hobby Lobby, Glenna and Dick Tanenbaum, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, OG&E Energy Corporation and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Employee giving campaigns were held at 129 businesses across the greater metro and raised more than $618,000 for Allied Arts. The top-producing employee giving campaigns were Employees of the City of Oklahoma CIty; Continental Resources; OG&E; Devon Energy; American Fidelity; Newmark, Grubb, Levy, Strange, Beffort; Bank of Oklahoma; Employees of the State of Oklahoma; BancFirst; and Duncan Oil Properties.
Although the 2020 campaign has concluded, Allied Arts accepts donations and delivers employee giving presentations year-round. Please call 405-278-8944 to learn more, or visit alliedartsokc.com to make a secure donation online.
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 $73 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.