Monthly Archives: February 2013

Oklahoma Art in Public Places Infographic

We’re not sure who created this infographic on Oklahoma’s Art in Public Places program, but we sure like it. We discovered it on the blog The Oklahoma Egotist. The Art in Public Places program is currently under a moratorium that does not expire until next year; however, new legislation, House Bill 1430, seeks to extend […]

March 5: Elections in 28 Oklahoma Counties for City Councils and School Boards

Oklahomans in 28 counties will head to the polls on March 5, to elect new city councilpersons and school board members. Do you know who is running for office?  Have you researched the candidates and found out where they stand on the issues of arts education, public art and public funding for the arts?  Below […]

Congratulations, Liquid Fish!

Congratulations to Liquid Fish! The full-service creative agency won a Gold ADDY for the Oklahomans for the Arts website at the recent 47th Annual ADDY Awards. OFTA is currently partnering with Liquid Fish on a print piece for Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol, May 8. Congratulations to Liquid Fish, and many thanks for the […]

Public Transit Meeting Tonight in OKC

There is a great connection to be fostered between public transit and public art. You’ve heard of art walks, but what about art rides? Thanks to Denver’s Regional Transit District’s Art-n-Transit program, people can enjoy an eclectic array of public art pieces at more than 30 light rail stations and bus terminals throughout the Denver […]

Art, Streetscaping Transformed Oklahoma’s Corridor of State Government

The following is a commentary about the Art in Public Places program by Jennifer James McCollum, director of Oklahomans for the Arts. It originally aired in April 2012 on KOSU Radio.  Last week, House Bill 1430 passed through committee. It will extend the moratorium on the Art in Public Places program for three more years, […]

Bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus Kicks Off

Group Aims to Integrate Arts and Design with STEM Education Efforts Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) have announced the formation of the Congressional STEAM (STEM+Arts and Design) Caucus. The group will host briefings and advocate for policy changes that will encourage educators to integrate arts, broadly defined, with traditional Science, Technology, […]

Demystifying the Legislative Process: The Debate on House Bill 1430

PLEASE NOTE: The House Appropriations and Budget Committee was told that the Art in Public Places program added 5 percent to the end of every building project and increased the price tag to the state’s taxpayers; however, the program only requires 1.5 percent of the cost of construction or major renovation of state-owned buildings (approved […]

New and Renewing Members

Oklahomans for the Arts wishes to acknowledge our new and renewing members! Thank you for supporting OFTA and for advocating for public funding for the arts and arts education in Oklahoma! October 2012 Cynthia Curry Gayln Hembree Karen Wallace Larry Ellis Lisa Allswede Myra Kaiser Selby Miner Sharon Astin Stephen Kovash November 2012Remington Park December […]

OFTA will participate in Youth Arts Day March 12

  The artwork above is from an annual show in State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s gallery, Oliver Hodge Building. Youth Arts Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol is March 12. The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. in the 4th floor rotunda. Guests will include Kim Baker, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council and Jennifer James […]

Additional $34 million available for state appropriations

Flag of the Governor of Oklahoma Revenue figures approved Tuesday by the state Board of Equalization showed an additional $34 million available for appropriation for Fiscal Year 2014 than was used in Gov. Mary Fallin’s executive budget proposal. In all, an extra $212.6 million in growth revenue is available for Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations than […]

City Arts Center becomes Oklahoma Contemporary

City Arts Center has changed its name to Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. With assistance from Saffron Brand Consultants, the strategic brand consultancy, the new brand was developed following a six-month project aimed at increasing Oklahoma Contemporary’s profile as a cultural destination. The Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center brand is focused around the idea of Creative Connections, […]

Snow, shameful apathy blamed for low voter turnout in last week’s school board elections

School board elections are not flashy. The work is tough, the pay is negligible, but those who volunteer to run and serve deserve our attention and participation.  — Brent Hensley, President and General Manager, KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City  A campaign sign for newly-elected Oklahoma City School Board Chair Lynne Hardin sits in the snow on election day, […]

5 Ways To Rock Instagram for Business

Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service. Originally, only iPhone users could use Instagram, but last April, Instagram for Android was released. Instagram enables users to take pictures, apply fun digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networks like Facebook or Twitter. A distinctive feature is that it […]

Legislative Watch: OETA

On Monday, the Oklahoma Senate passed Senate Bill 867. The bill would transfer all assets of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education if OETA ever ceased to exist. Another bill, Senate Bill 429, would require OETA to make legislative proceedings available online or on television should resources become […]

Postmark Deadline March 1: State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

Janet Barresi Photo via OSDE The postmark deadline for the State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence is March 1. The program recognizes:  School Administrators School Boards Fine Arts Educators Art Students The Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education manages the awards program in cooperation with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma State School Boards Association, […]

Mustang Rotary, February 12

Oklahomans for the Arts will make a presentation to the Mustang Rotary, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 12. We’ll be sharing general information about the organization and our recent efforts to defeat House Bill 1895. If you’re interested in scheduling a presentation for your Rotary Club or other civic group please email  –Jennifer

Governor Mary Fallin’s 2013 State of the State Address

Seal of Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Lieutenant Governor Lamb, statewide elected officials, Speaker Shannon, President Pro Tem Bingman, members of the court, Honorable Senators and Representatives, cabinet members, tribal leaders, distinguished guests, and citizens of Oklahoma: For the third consecutive year as governor I have the distinct privilege of delivering a welcome and powerful message: […]

Win A T-Shirt!

Arts advocates are awesome people! Oklahoma City arts leaders and Stephen Kovash, owner of Istvan Gallery, in partnership with the talented Dusty Gilpin of Tree and Leaf, created a T-shirt in support of public funding for the arts. OFTA has purchased some of these T-shirts and will be giving them away to a few lucky […]

House Republican Caucus Unveils Pro-Growth Strategic Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Republican Caucus yesterday unveiled their 2013 legislative agenda, which included a three-point plan addressing: Economic developmentEducation reformsInfrastructure funding and maintenance “Oklahomans have spoken loud and clear this year by voting in the largest Republican majority in Oklahoma history,” said House Speaker-elect T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton. “They want overreaching regulations that limit […]