Monthly Archives: October 2011

Turning Point: Oklahoma Arts Conference

Suzanne Tate, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council and Ken Busby, Executive Director, Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Conference 2011. Tate retires in early November after 20 years of public service to the state. (Oklahomans for the Arts asked her to serve on the Board of Directors and thankfully, she’s agreed.) Oklahomans for the […]

iPad 2 Winner and A New Contest!

UPDATE: Friends, I (as in jennifer) have been sorely under the weather and not able to promote the contest like I wanted to! I will extend until Monday, November 7. Thanks for your understanding! Good luck!! The winner of the iPad 2, totally randomly selected by Rafflecopter, is Audrey Fitzsimmons. And, we have a new contest […]

Win an iPad 2 from Oklahomans for the Arts!

Did you know every $1 invested in public funding for the arts generates $9 in economic activity in Oklahoma? Oklahomans for the Arts believes the best advocates for public funding for the arts are average citizens with local voices and hometown views. These individuals have the ability to make the most compelling case for public […]

Dr. Terry Clark: A Memory in the Arts I Can’t Forget

 The Alamo by Terry Clark by Terry Clark I can’t remember not being around art. Old black and white photos picture me sitting at a table, pencil or paint brush in hand. I got in trouble in school for not drawing in the lines, and for drawing U-boats and WWII fighter planes when I […]

Arts in Education Discussion at City Arts Center

City Arts Center presents, ‘OT: Our Town,’ a documentary film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, which explores an inspirational story of a group of students on a journey of self-discovery. At Dominquez High School in Compton, California, basketball is valued above all else. The end of the year is marked by a traditional cycle of proms and […]

Off the Page Brings Arts Programs Back to Public Schools with Funding from Crowdfunding Site

Off The Page from Jody Alperin on Vimeo. Brooklyn-based Off the Page launches a fundraising campaign seeking approximately $12,000 through crowdfunding site,, to continue and expand its successful in-school program integrating arts and learning. HelpersUnite is the world’s first platform to connect artistic projects and business ventures with charitable giving. It turns ONE MONTH […]

3 More Things You’ll Get at the Oklahoma Arts Conference

Are you going to the Oklahoma Arts Conference? Registration closed on Friday, but if you really-really-really-really want to go, call the Oklahoma Arts Council at (405) 521-2931 or email They can accommodate! This awesome button. Conference Materials. We luv. Emily Kzany! Details here. Of course, you’ll get lots, lots more than this!  Be sure […]

Susan Clark: A Memory in the Arts I Can’t Forget

By Susan Clark When Mom drove us around as kids I remember she only had one button of interest on the radio dial. As my siblings and I groaned, rolled our eyes, and begged for Beatles, our car filled with opera. There was no escape. All we heard were big-chested ladies “screaming in despair.” So, who […]

How Detroit Got $1 Million for Creative Placemaking

Alison Wade, an arts administrator with the Association of Art Museum Directors, New York, has an absolutely fantastic blog called the Art Advocado: Art Education Advocacy. The design is really fun, but the writing and rich content is what makes it so great. She is doing a series throughout the month of October on ArtPlace […]

A Big Thank You To Our Supporters

Advocacy for public funding for the arts must be financed through private dollars and simply can’t happen without the financial support of generous people and organizations. With that, Oklahomans for the Arts would like to publicly thank the following for their early and exceptional support of our cause. The Chickasaw Nation and Governor Bill Anoatubby, […]

Even firefighters can have art

A couple of days ago, the Issaquah Press reported on a public art project at the newly-constructed fire station 72 in Issaquah, Washington. The artist, Perry Lynch, has a short blog devoted to the project,  too. It features photos of the actual station. Under Issaquah city code, one-half of 1 percent of the initial $5 million in a […]

do what? This Land launches Tulsa events calendar

Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) October 12, 2011 Do What, a new online events and culture calendar by This Land Press, highlights what to do in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring a rich variety of local things to do ranging from Oklahoma sports and festivals to Tulsa theater, cinema, art and food events. Users can search for editor’s picks […]

Schools can win $1-5K for arts ed in winemaker contest

KRIS Wine Partners With Americans for the Arts to Support Arts Education in K-12 Schools This fall, consumers can support arts education programs in America’s K-12 public schools as they enjoy one of America’s fastest growing Italian wines, KRIS. KRIS is teaming with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the […]

Arts Education Budget Slashed: 4 Ways Parents Can Advocate

In May, the “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of eliminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education, within the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). The latest draft budget bill released in earlier this month by the House Appropriations Committee would eliminate the Arts in […]

Blog Salon: A Memory in the Arts I Can’t Forget

October is national arts and humanities month.  During the last two weeks of the month, Oklahoma business and arts leaders will participate in a blog salon, “A Memory of the Arts I Can’t Forget,” on the Oklahomans for the Arts blog.  Jennifer James I can still hear the needle dropping down on the vinyl of […]

4 Reasons To Attend the Oklahoma Arts Conference

Well-Known Speakers Some well-known individuals will talk about how to cultivate and strengthen the arts and cultural industry in Oklahoma. You’ll hear presentations from Alyson Stanfield, the Art Biz Coach and Tom Barnett, who helped transform Paducah, Kentucky through a five-year plan to develop the arts. (Did you know Paducah has an artist relocation program […]

Kansas loses more arts funding

As if losing its state arts commission isn’t bad enough, Kansas arts organizations have now lost  well over $1 million in funding they historically have received annually from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts. MAAA and the NEA had no choice in the matter. Their grant funds to states have always […]

Public Art Makes City Memorable, Garners Major Coverage

It’s no small feat for a subject like public art to garner widespread coverage in major newspapers like USA Today or on major news sites like the Huffington Post. But, thanks to a 56-foot-long aluminum red hare (rabbit) leaping into a suitcase, that is exactly what Sacramento and Sacramento International Airport has done. From the […]

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. Creative Conversations From hosting […]

Oklahoma Senate District 43 Candidate responds to survey

Oklahomans for the Arts is pleased to release survey results from our fall 2011 Oklahoma Senate District 43 survey.  This is the first time Oklahoma candidates have been surveyed about their positions on the arts and public funding for the arts in Oklahoma. These resposnes are from Kenneth Meador. We are still awaiting a response […]

Plaza District Festival 2011 [Photos]

Oklahoma City’s inaugural (first) Plaza Festival took place about a decade ago with leadership from area resident who banned together for renewal efforts. These early endeavors were underscored by public funding for the arts via the Oklahoma Arts Council, which awarded the Plaza District a festival grant. Public funding from the City of Oklahoma City […]

We’ll Promote Your Non-Profit Arts Event for FREE

The above is a screenshot of the Alexa ranking for taken in November 2011. Alexa is the Nielsen equivalent for blogs. If you read the small text you’ll see that Alexa reports that this site is “relatively popular” among users in Oklahoma City. For example, if Google is ranked 1 by Alexa and Facebook ranked 2, […]