Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why Oklahoma Arts Organizations Should Thank U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

Last week, Oklahomans for the Arts attended a webinar organized by the National Association of State Arts Agencies. It was on how to address burnout among arts advocates. It’s been such a tough year for public funding for the arts and the cause’s most faithful advocates. In fact, just today, Huffington Post featured an opinion […]

Identify the Source

Can you identify the source of public funds among these major contributors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art2010-2011 Season? –Jennifer

Does anyone really believe cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Arts is going to solve the deficit?

Does anyone really believe the deficit can be closed by cutting funding to PBS or the National Endowment for the Arts? Oklahomans for the Arts doesn’t think so. One thing is for certain, state arts agencies receive critical funding from the National Endowment for the Arts including Oklahoma. These funds help provide access to the […]

Monday at the Barbican

With public funding for the arts largely under attack across the United States, Canada and Europe, on Monday, a national debate on the social benefits of the arts kicked off at the Barbican. The facility is the largest performing arts venue in Europe. Gerald Lemos, a partner at Lemos & Crane Social Researchers presented his findings to […]

If the arts are so important to economic development why is arts education on the school budget chopping block?

Amy Matthews, a writer for the Pueblo Chieftain, has written about a conundrum communities and school districts face nationwide. The following is an excerpt from her piece published earlier this week: Here’s another reality: Our school districts must cut, cut, cut. What typically rises to the top of the chopping list? Arts programs.We could be […]

Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection, program highlighted in Oklahoman

In case you missed it, the Sunday edition of The Oklahoman as well as the paper’s popular news web site, NEWSOK, highlighted the wonderful art collection at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Check out these great articles, all of which underscore the value of public funding for the arts in our state. Capitol Art Collection Aims […]

Oklahoma City Museum of Art accepting applications for Youth Arts Advocates

Application deadline: July 22! The Oklahoma City Museum of Art introduced its first teen program this spring. Youth Arts Advocates, a name chosen by participants, is a diverse group of eleven high school juniors and seniors selected by an application and interview process in February. The program is led by Sheila Hallett, the Museum’s AmeriCorps […]

Local Artists: Turn trash into treasured public art, compete for $5,000

The Exchange today announced it is accepting applications from local artists interested in turning trash into treasured public art and competing for a $5,000 grand prize. Four artists will be selected to transform unwanted materials donated by local businesses into an Upcycled Macho Movie Art Walk for public display on October 15 and 16 as […]

Must See: CBS News Report highlights economic squeeze on performing arts


We need two minutes of your time to help save arts funding

Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre presentsHairspray July 8 and 9 at Civic Center Music Hall. Lyric Theatre receives major funding fromthe National Endowment for the Arts.  URGENT: Oklahomans who believe in public funding for the arts need to call U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma). TODAY. Rep. Cole, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee voted for cuts to the National […]

National Endowment faces major budget cuts tomorrow

From the National Association of State Arts Agencies In advance of the scheduled markup session of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives set for July 7, documents have been posted with the draft fiscal year 2012 Interior Appropriations Bill setting spending for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $135 […]

King Sam and "It’s almost like we’re not in Kansas anymore"

The Kansas City Star, known for taking an independent stance in politics, has issued a scathing editorial about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback calling him King Sam and referring to policies and practices that make it feel as if Kansans “aren’t in Kansas anymore.” Despite receiving budget approval from the Kansas Legislature, the Kansas Arts Commission […]