Monthly Archives: July 2013

Duncan Teen Little Theatre July 31

Email Your State Senator Today

We’ve been sharing this message throughout the summer. The time to build a relationship with your state senator is not when the Oklahoma Arts Council is on the chopping block. The time to build the relationship is today. If your organization is a recipient of public funding for the arts, make it your goal in […]

July 31

Member Minute: Arts for All, Lawton

The annual Arts for All Festival in Lawton, Oklahoma, is both a celebration of the arts and a “thank you” to the community for supporting the arts throughout the year. The stated mission of Arts for All Festival is “to create a fine arts festival of regional appeal, bringing to southwest Oklahoma quality visual and […]

July 30

School Districts Receive Increased Per-Pupil Allocation from State for Coming School Year

From the Oklahoma State Department of Eduction On July 18, the State Department of Education released to school districts initial state aid allocations for the FY14 school year. Districts will see an increase in per-pupil funding of $8.60 per student. The initial allocation for FY14 is $3,038.60 per student as opposed to the $3,030.00 received for […]

Cultural Development oklahoma July 30

Cultural Development Corporation Wins $50,000 Our Town Grant

  From the National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town Grants Initiative, and OKC Arts The National Endowment for the Arts announced its 2013 Our Town Grant Award recipients July 17. The Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma will receive a $50,000 award to hire a consultant to develop a comprehensive public art master plan […]

OK Mozart Oklahoma July 28

U.S. Bureau of Economics Analysis Re-calculating Entertainment, Literary and Other Artistic Originals for GDP

On Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will release an enormous re-evaluation of the U.S. economy’s composition and size from 1929 to the present. The report could have significant implications for the arts as explained in a New York Times opinion editorial, Getting Creative With the G.D.P. This is a really complex subject matter, […]

July 25

Spin A Yarn: OKC Storytelling Festival

  This summer with the legislature out of session, Oklahomans for the Arts, Inc., is a bit freed up to lend support to Oklahoma arts organizations! We’ll be helping out on the PR committee for the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival. From the Arts Council of Oklahoma City website: This must-see festival celebrates the art of […]

July 25

Member Minute: American Fidelity

Bill Cameron, President and CEO of American Fidelity Assurance Company, serves on the Board of Directors of Oklahomans for the Arts, and the company is a member. They supported OFTA this past year with a $1,000 grant for Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol. Thank you, American Fidelity, for your support of public funding for […]

July 24

Registration for Oklahoma Arts Conference Opens August 1

From the Oklahoma Arts Council Join the event on Facebook 2013 Oklahoma Arts Conference Homegrown Culture October 23-24 Ardmore Earlybird Registration (August 1 – September 20) $75 Registration $125 Oklahoma communities and neighborhoods come in all sizes, and each community has its own history, uniqueness and resources for creating a dynamic sense of place. During […]

Traction July 23

U.S. House Subcommittee Proposes 50 percent cut to National Endowment for the Arts

From the National Association of State Arts Agencies Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment (which has jurisdiction over the budget of the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]) released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. While it was expected that the House would recommend a reduction in funding for the NEA, […]

allied arts okc July 23

Member Minute: Allied Arts OKC

Allied Arts OKC recently joined Oklahomans for the Arts. We appreciate the support of Oklahoma’s united arts fund! About Allied Arts OKC Mission Enriching Our Communities Through the Advancement of the Arts Company Overview As Oklahoma’s only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts generates awareness of the importance of the arts, mobilizes support for arts and […]

Oklahoma museums Association July 20

Member Spotlight: Oklahoma Museums Association

The Oklahoma Museums Association recently renewed their membership in Oklahomans for the Arts. OMA exists to support Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. The organization, which is led by Brenda Granger, recently completed a re-brand that includes a wonderful new website. There are a lot of neat things to see on […]

Americans for the Arts logo July 19

U.S. House Defeats Miller Amendment, Approves Education Rewrite

From Americans for the Arts This morning the U.S. House of Representatives completed floor action on a rewrite of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act taking a major step to end the era of No Child Left Behind. The bill H.R. 5 was approved 221-207, with 12 GOP members joining the Democratic caucus in voting […]

July 19

Reduxion Theatre Joins OFTA

Oklahomans for the Arts welcomes Reduxion Theatre to our membership roster. Thank you, Reduxion, for officially becoming an advocate of public funding for the arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council. We are lucky to have you on our team. We admire your work, creativity and artrepreneurial spirit! About RTC Reduxion Theatre Company (RTC) is an […]

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Below are two separate action alerts that we want to share with you regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The first is from the National Association of State Arts Agencies and the second is from our parent organization, Americans for the Arts. Please consider emailing your FEDERAL lawmakers about this legislation. The next 24 […]

July 18

Leslie’s OKC, July 17, 2013

Oklahomans for the Arts, Inc., is teaming up with Arts PR maven and publicist Leslie Spears in a reprint of her awesome weekly calendar, Leslie’s OKC. The calendar publishes first to her site and then we crosspost it here. It takes a ton of work to put this calendar together and we appreciate the opportunity […]

Creative Industry Practices

We really like the part that mentions painting. The Creative Economy from Presentology

July 17

Blog Changes

We have moved our blog from Blogger to WordPress! We still have a lot of tweaking to do, but we hope you like the new look. More changes are ahead as we in integrate our blog into our website more, and also eventually move the blog (again!) to If you subscribed to our blog […]

Amplify the Awesome

Cacky Poarch, the co-founder of the DeadCenter Film Festival, has an Indiegogo project designed to amplify the awesome in Oklahoma City. Check it out!

July 14

Saige, American Girl Arts Advocate

Saige, the latest story in the American Girl collection, was released to DVD on July 2. Saige is among other things an avid arts advocate. When her Albuquerque school eliminates the arts program because of budget cuts, she launches an advocacy campaign to bring it back. The name of the campaign is A Day of […]

Best Kept Secret?

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now has a new podcast out on big changes in community radio. She calls them the year’s best kept secret. FCC Launches Nationwide Application Process for Community Radio: Prometheus Radio Project Offers Support for Groups to Get on Air The following is a news release from the Prometheus Project. In June, […]