Category Archives: Legislation

March 16

6 Weeks into Oklahoma’s Legislative Session: Update

  What do we know halfway through the Oklahoma Legislature’s session?   Oklahomans for the Arts has been tracking and weighing in on bills related to arts education, public art, cultural districts, nonprofit contributions and more. If you’ve been watching the news, you likely are aware of the significant budget crisis our Legislature seeks to […]

May 20

Budget Proposal Reduces Arts & Culture Funding for FY16

Legislative leadership released the draft of the FY2016 budget yesterday.   The budget proposal, which reduces the Oklahoma Arts Council’s budget by 7.25%, will reduce the ability of arts and culture organizations to improve our state’s communities, economy and education including providing access to citizens who might not otherwise have it.   While we know […] August 14

Recap: Interim Study Hearing

Yesterday, the Oklahoma House Conference Committee on Economic Development and Financial Services heard testimony analyzing the future of the Oklahoma Arts Council for an Interim Study. I’ll summarize some themes of the presentations and discussion to give arts advocates some quick information. A full recording of the meeting will be available on the House’s website […]

Film Rebate Defeated

From the Oklahoma Film and Music Office Click here for a full list of projects filmed in Oklahoma. Thursday evening, the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted down the extension of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program. The bill was brought up unexpectedly around 8:30 p.m. After a heated debate, the vote came in at 45 […]

May 18

No Chance At Life

Kate Eshelman just got the worst news. For an arts teacher anyway. On April 6, she wrote the following on her blog, Lessons From the K-12 Art Room: I just received news that the K-12 art program in my school district is being cut due to lack of funding.  While I am upset about losing […]