OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., June 6, 2019– Allied Arts is pleased to announce a total of $3,426,873 was raised for central Oklahoma’s arts community through its fundraising efforts in the 2019 fiscal year. These funds are distributed to more than 40 local nonprofit arts organizations annually, providing the resources they need to remain dynamic, reach underserved populations, and offer quality and affordable programming to the public.

The Allied Arts 2019 fundraising campaign was chaired by John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Doug Stussi, Love’s Travel Stops, with Cathy and Frank Keating serving as honorary chairs.

“We are elated to have surpassed our $3.3 million goal,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, President and CEO of Allied Arts. “Each and every donor was vital to the success of the 2019 campaign. People from all walks of life and businesses representing a myriad of industries came together to support increased access to the arts for more Oklahomans – from arts education in underperforming schools to healing arts programming for veterans and the elderly.”

Allied Arts hosted its Campaign Celebration event on June 6, 2019, at the Meinders Hall of Mirrors at the Civic Center Music Hall. In addition to a celebration, the event served as an opportunity to thank Allied Arts donors, volunteers, and employee giving partners. Leading the charge among corporate donors were Allied Arts Visionaries – The Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy Corporation, Hobby Lobby, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Kristin Chenoweth Arts Education Fund and OGE Energy Corp.

Employee giving campaigns were held at 117 businesses across the greater metro and raised more than $650,000 for Allied Arts. The top-producing employee giving campaigns were Employees of the City of Oklahoma City, Continental Resources, OGE Energy Corp., American Fidelity, Devon Energy Corporation, Tapstone, INTEGRIS, Ackerman McQueen, SONIC America’s Drive-In, Duncan Oil Properties and Bank of Oklahoma.

Although the 2019 campaign has concluded, Allied Arts accepts donations and delivers employee giving presentations year-round. Please call 405-278-8944 to learn more, or visit 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 $70 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. Learn more at

Allied Arts contributes to approximately 40 organizations annually. 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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