Monthly Archives: August 2012

Meet OFTA’s New Advocacy Captain: Erin Smith

Erin Smith | Advocacy Captain Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Oklahoma Counties. Oklahomans for the Arts is pleased to announce Erin Smith as advocacy captain for Region 1, which includes Canadian, Cleveland, Logan and Oklahoma Counties. Erin serves as the curator for the Moore-Lindsay House Historic Museum in Norman, Oklahoma. She has a degree in fine […]

Two Oklahoma Lawmakers Call for End of Taxpayer Dollars to Non-profits

The following news release was distributed August 24, 2012 by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Media Division. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft Phone: (405) 557-7343 State Rep. Sally Kern Phone: (405) 557-7348 OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Paul Wesselhoft and Sally Kern this week delivered a letter to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin asking […]

Feature: liquidfish and the link between arts education and creative entrepreneurship

From left to right: Wendy Johnson, Cody Blake, Jennifer Armstrong, Billy Davis, Bryson Panas and Alicia Hugo. Oklahomans for the Arts recently launched a new website designed by liquidfish, an Oklahoma City-based and internationally recognized creative marketing boutique. Given the creative nature of web design, the critical role websites play in all economic sectors and […]

[Infographic] The Creative Economy in Oklahoma

OFTA invites you to share this infographic on your social networking sites. Grab the URL or the following code and paste away! Thanks for helping raise awareness about Oklahoma’s fabulous creative economy. The Creative Economy in Oklahoma – An infographic by the team at Creative Economy in Oklahoma Embed The Creative Economy in Oklahoma on […]

Do more than cast a ballot this November: Take Part!

Who actually votes in America? This infographic created by Take Part Tuesday, may surprise you. In 2008, Oklahoma was among those states with the lowest voter turnout. Just 58.7 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the presidential election. Will you take part in the democratic process and vote this year?   [Visit Take Part […]

Presidential candidate tells Fortune he’ll eliminate programs; names PBS, NEA and NEH

Governor Mitt Romney, candidate for President of the United States, indicated to Fortune Magazine today that he would cut public funding for the arts, humanities or public broadcasting. “[T]here are programs I would eliminate. Obamacare being one of them but also various subsidy programs — the Amtrak subsidy, the PBS subsidy, the subsidy for the […]

Alarming findings revealed in the 2012 National Arts Index

Yesterday, an article appeared in the Huffington Post, The Scandalous Failure of Art and Music. It cited findings from the 2012 National Arts Index, which provide 30 good reasons to join Oklahomans for the Arts TODAY. We must advocate for arts and culture in our state. Boy in a Thunder jersey visits OKC’s Paseo. 1. […]

Public funding for the arts is a springboard for recession-ravaged Detroit

Screenshot via Detroit News The news for Detroit has not been good in recent years. In fact, it’s been downright terrible. Last year, the website, AreaVibes, featured an article on the 10 Worst Cities in America. They had this to say about Detroit, which they listed as number one.  “Like the long suffering NFL Lions, […]

Renew Your OFTA Membership Today!

If you attended the Oklahomans for the Arts Conference last October, you received a complimentary membership to OFTA through your paid registration. It is now time to renew your support. Join Oklahomans for the Arts today for just $25. Students can join for $10. A girl with a blue ukulele plays during the Friday night […]

OFTA Launches New Website, Update Blog

Oklahomans for the Arts in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma City-based design firm Liquid Fish, has launched a new website, and updated blog. The site promotes arts advocacy in Oklahoma through a design that embraces Oklahoma’s historical roots. “We wanted a site with an authentic Oklahoma look and feel,” said OFTA Director […]

Central OK Community Gathers for Art Study Findings

Last night, members of the Central Oklahoma community gathered to hear some of the results from a recent artist support study. The study was commissioned by the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma. Here are some of the recommendations highlighted in an information distributed at the event, which took place in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. […]