Allied Arts Raises More Than $3 Million for Local Arts Community


Update: A total of $3,114,965 was raised by the close of the 2017 fundraising campaign.

Allied Arts is pleased to announce a total of $3,078,695 was raised for central Oklahoma’s arts community through its fundraising efforts this year. These funds are distributed to local nonprofit arts organizations, providing the resources they need to remain strong, reach underserved populations and offer quality programming to the public.

The Allied Arts 2017 fundraising campaign was chaired by Ann-Clore and Walt Duncan and Camilla and David Ostrowe with Jeanette and Rand Elliott serving as honorary chairs.

“We are elated to have surpassed our $3 million goal,” said Walt Duncan. “Each and every donor was vital to the success of the 2017 campaign. People from all walks of life and businesses representing a myriad of industries came together to support arts education in schools and quality and affordable programming for all.”

Allied Arts hosted its Campaign Celebration event on June 15, 2017, at the Meinders Hall of Mirrors at the Civic Center Music Hall. More than 200 donors, campaign volunteers, civic leaders and arts administrators were in attendance. Presenting Sponsors for the event were The Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy Corporation and OGE Energy Corp, and Signature Sponsors were AT&T Oklahoma, Civic Center Music Hall, Downtown OKC, Inc. and The Oklahoman.

In addition to a celebration, the event served as an opportunity to thank Allied Arts’ top supporters, campaign cabinet members, and employee giving participants. Leading the charge among corporate donors were Allied Arts Visionaries – The Chickasaw Nation, AT&T/Brackets for Good, Devon Energy Corporation, Hobby Lobby and OGE Energy Corp.

Employee giving campaigns were held at more than 100 businesses across the greater metro and raised more than $591,929 for Allied Arts. The top-producing employee giving campaigns were “Heart of the City” – employees of the City of Oklahoma City, Devon Energy Corporation, American Fidelity Assurance, OGE Energy Corp, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Tapstone Energy, Continental Resources, Ackerman McQueen, SONIC America’s Drive-In and INTEGRIS.

Also during the program, the Duncans and Ostrowes passed the baton to 2018 campaign chairs Aimee and David Harlow. The Harlows will serve alongside honorary chairs Polly and Larry Nichols.

“The 2017 campaign concludes June 30 and it is not too late to make your pledge count,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts president and CEO. “We look forward to another successful year for the arts under the leadership of the Harlows and Nichols.”

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 $63 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 Festival
  • 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

Contact: Toni Allen
Marketing & PR Manager
(405) 278-8944 ext. 208

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