Monthly Archives: June 2011

Oklahoma’s New and Emerging Arts Leaders (ONEAL) meets tonight in OKC

Oklahomans for the Arts will have an opportunity tonight to meet with Oklahoma’s new and emerging arts leaders. An ONEAL Deal is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Broadway Theatre, Oklahoma City. We’re looking forward to sharing information on how members of this amazing group of young arts leaders can become involved in political advocacy efforts to support the arts in communities […]

Angry Lawmakers Rebuke Governor, Override Veto of SC Arts Commission

There was a party today at the intersection of arts and politics in South Carolina. The state’s legislature overturned Governor Nikki Haley’s veto of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) fiscal year 2012 budget reinforcing the idea that support of public funding for the arts can swing wildly within political parties. Haley is a Republican, but so is […]

Kansas Math Professor, Native Okie Pens Column on the Arts

Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University, has a regular column, Okie in Exile, in the The Morning Sun, a Pittsburg, Kansas newspaper. This week he wrote about the importance of public funding for the arts. Reflecting […]

Creative Industries Minute: Louisville and Zealous Flying Effects

Photo Courtesy ZFX One of the most important ways we can bolster support for the arts, including contined investment from the public sector, is to increase public awareness about the success and economic potential of the creative industries. Defining the Creative Industries(SOURCE: Americans for the Arts) “We have taken a conservative approach to defining the Creative Industries by focusing […]

Does your mayor believe creativity drives the energy, spirit and future of Oklahoma?

 Businessman James Pickel and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornettattend an art opening at City ArtsCenter, May 31, 2011. There is an article in the Los Angeles Times today about a public art project in New York; New York City’s Public Art Fund and the overwhelming support for the arts Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demonstrated. But, […]

Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Announces Retirement

After 20 years of service to the State of Oklahoma, Suzanne Tate, executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, has announced her retirement. Tate’s retirement will be effective November 1. “It’s been a privilege serving Oklahoma by leading the agency that supports and develops the state’s arts and cultural industry,” said Tate. Tate joined the […]

Dutch arts supporters protest in the streets with colorful smoke, "artbombs"

Colorful smoke filled streets throughout The Netherlands today as Dutch supporters of public funding for the arts protested a 40 percent government cut in all their cultural funding. The action demonstrates that the tenuous nature of public funding for the arts is not just in the United States, but across Europe as well. From the […]

Why should states fund the arts anyway?

Tom Silva has written an excellent article for Huffington Post, The Arts Aren’t in Kansas Anymore, Toto. What I like about it is all the statistics he provides regarding the arts and economic development. Here is a small excerpt, but if you have time, check out the entire article. It is a great and inspiring […]

Video: Supporters gather to restore public arts funding in Kansas

We’ve been telling you about the recent elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission by Governor Sam Brownback. Here is a video of a public meeting in Lawrence, Kansas held last week that addresses how to restore public funding for the arts in our neighboring state.  Kansas is now the only state in the entire country that doesn’t have a […]

Real Star of Tony Awards: Public Arts Funding

The Royal Court Theatre, a non-commercial theatre on Sloane Square in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. “It’s about backing people at the start of the journey, when no one’s heard of them and the idea doesn’t yet hold water…” –From the Tony-award-winning British director Tom Morris (War Horse) Samuel West, a British actor, […]

Announcement from the Kansas Arts Commission

It is stunning to read these words on the front page of the Kansas Arts Commission’s website: “On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Governor Sam Brownback line-item vetoed state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission…The Kansas Arts Commission will host an open meeting on Thursday, June 16, in Lawrence. All Kansas Arts Commission programs and grant […]

Advocacy Toolkit: Contacts for Oklahoma’s U.S. House of Representatives

Sullivan, John R202-225-2211 Boren, Dan D202-225-2701 Lucas, Frank R202-225-5565 Cole, Tom R202-225-6165 Lankford, James R202-225-2132 –Jennifer