Category Archives: Oklahoma Arts Council

January 12

On Alert: Norman Arts Roundtable Legislative Forum

The Norman Arts & Humanities Roundtable hosted their Legislative Forum on January 11, 2017. The Norman legislators raised short term concerns for state support for the arts and longer term tips for advocacy. The local arts sector has hosted this forum almost annually for 30 years according to chair Norman Hammond. The Roundtable brings together […]

May 25

50 Stories 50 Years: Norman Veterans Center

  Norman Veterans Center, Norman  |  Government  |    As part of a pilot arts program, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Veterans Center teamed up to provide a creative writing course for veterans. For veterans like Bill O’Pecko, writing was a meaningful strategy for engaging with lingering and difficult memories of war. […]

April 30

Action Alert Issued: Arts Education & Budgets in Balance

We need your action so that every Oklahoman can experience and benefit from the arts. Efforts are underway to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council, possibly moving our arts agency under the Department of Tourism. Lawmakers need to hear from you now. As we prepare for Oklahoma Arts Day on May 4 (hope you’re coming), legislative […]

January 15

Get Ready: The Declining State Budget

As the news fill with dire updates about Oklahoma’s revenues and economic woes, we prepare for the next state legislative session. Starting February 2, the legislative session will add a potential $1B reduction in next year’s budget to the diverse and challenging policy discussions. In anticipation of Oklahoma’s Governor, Senators and Representatives entering the session, […]

December 18

50 Stories 50 Years: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City  |  501(c)(3) Non-profit  | The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma while also promoting public interest in and understanding of the arts. The Tulsa Art Studio Tour is one of OVAC’s exposure avenues for Oklahoma visual artists, allowing community members to […]

December 15

Launching: Economic Impact Study

Beginning January 1, 2016, Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) will launch a yearlong intensive effort to gather data about Oklahoma’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Through this effort, we’ll learn about the investments these organizations are making in Oklahoma’s economy. We’ll also assess how audiences spend their money attending cultural events around […]

October 05

Ripple Effect: Public Funding for the Arts Benefits Oklahoma

The arts sector creates ripple effects of benefits throughout our state, improving communities, growing the economy and advancing education. The Oklahoma Arts Council leads that ripple effect. Our state government agency for arts and culture, the Oklahoma Arts Council’s funding, leadership development, community development, and technical support have helped our state thrive for 50 years. […]

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 […]

November 25

Thankfulness Across the State

I just finished traveling around the state for the Oklahoma Arts Council’s grant workshop and listening sessions. We visited five locations around the state, Muskogee, Tulsa, Lawton, Ada and OKC (I missed Woodward, sadly, but hear it was a lively group!) and talked with more than 160 educators, artists, volunteers, civic and business leaders and arts […] 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 […]

March 14

Victory over HB3028: Arts Advocates Defeat Consolidation Attempt

Today, arts advocates statewide are celebrating the defeat of HB3028. It would have consolidated the Oklahoma Arts Council with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and resulted in an immediate loss of at least $1.5 million. Quite possibly it would have been more. While this victory is very sweet, we cannot become complacent. Consolidation with other […]

February 28

HB3028 Clears Committee; Heads to House Floor

Action Alert HB3028 Clears Committee; Heads to House Floor As early as Monday, HB3028 could be voted on by the full Oklahoma House of Representatives. If it passes the House and Senate, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Historical Society would be consolidated under the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. In order to preserve the Oklahoma Arts […]

February 04

Action Alert: Governor’s Budget Calls for Tourism to Takeover Oklahoma Arts Council

Yesterday, Governor Mary Fallin released her budget proposal for the State of Oklahoma during her annual State of the State address. It calls for the consolidation of the Oklahoma Arts Council with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. The Oklahoma Historical Society and three state commissions were also included in the proposal. While the budget is […]

arts advocacy January 30

HB2850 Threatens Oklahoma Arts Council’s Future

OKLAHOMA CITY — — A bill has been filed by a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to eliminate all funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council by July 1, 2017, at a rate of at least 25 percent a year. The Oklahoma Arts Council is a state agency that provides funding to arts organizations, […]

January 24

Action Alert: Stop HB 2850

Action Alert Legislation filed to eliminate Oklahoma Arts Council Funding A bill has been filed by a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to eliminate all funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council by July 1, 2017, at a rate of at least 25 percent a year. Please contact your legislators today about how public […]

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 […]

May 28

Amber Sharples

From the Oklahoma Arts Council   OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board have selected Amber Sharples as the state agency’s new executive director. Sharples replaces Kim Baker, who announced her resignation in March. Sharples has been on staff with the Council since 2006. Originally hired as visual arts director, Sharples […]

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 […]