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August 19

Arts & Culture Candidate Survey Results 2014

Today the Oklahomans for the Arts releases the first Arts and Culture Survey, which was mailed to 192 candidates for Oklahoma Senate or House of Representatives. In several cases, the respondents will face off in next week’s primary runoffs (August 26, 2014). Many more will be on the ballot for the November 4 statewide general election. Just […]

Creative Industry Practices

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

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!

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, […]

Arts Action News

From Americans for the Arts  Last night, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment, by a vote of 67-27, to the comprehensive immigration bill currently being considered on the Senate floor. Tonight’s vote was on a bipartisan amendment that included a broad set of provisions. One of the provisions included in this amendment was sponsored by […]

It’s A Matter Of Advocacy, NAEA

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the conference site for the National Arts Education Association’s upcoming Western Regional Leadership Conference. The event takes place June 19-23. Oklahomans for the Arts will make a presentation, It’s A Matter of Advocacy at 3:30 p.m. on June 20. The theme of the conference is Art Matters. For […]

May 23

Tornadoes: The Arts Respond

Oklahoma’s arts community is responding to victims of the recent tornadoes with a variety of concerts and other arts-related events. Norman Arts Council has really stepped up to help organize. This is the graphic they created. Benefits Kevin Welch, Michael Fracasso and Miss Brown to You 8 p.m. Friday, May 24 The Blue Door, 2805 […]

Arts Day Slideshow

Many thanks to everyone who came out for Arts Day at the Capitol last week. We’ve posted all these photos on our Facebook page. Please feel free to download and tag them. Here they are in a slideshow presentation via Flickr. –Jennifer

May 06

2013 Arts Day Participants

More than 160 individuals have also signed up to attend. Let’s make it 200! Sign up here on Facebook. If you don’t have a Facebook account, leave us a comment or send us an email and let us know you’re coming. Be sure to stop by the OFTA table and pick up a name tag […]

Where do I park on Arts Day?

That’s a great question! Here is a map. Note the orange and green circles. That’s where you can park! From NE 23rd Street Heading West Before you get to Lincoln Boulevard exit ramps, just west of the Oklahoma Governor’s mansion behind a large stand of trees, is the “east” parking lot of the Oklahoma State […]

April 25

"The Ask" Is At The Heart of Advocacy, But "The Why" Wins Votes

Stop. I have a confession to make. There’s a stop sign on NW 18th Street and I use to roll it all the time. That is, until one cold morning, I saw this woman holding a sign telling everyone to slow down and stop. Now I yield to the traffic law, which of course, was […]

Advocacy is a Political Process

Here is a quick tutorial on advocacy. What are your thoughts and ideas? What’s your favorite advocacy tool? –Jennifer

Seth Godin: Why Business Leaders Should Think Like Artists

Entrepreneur Magazine interviews Seth Godin on why business leaders should think like artists. This was originally posted on YouTube April 10, 2013 –Jennifer

Jumping on the Keep Calm Bandwagon


Arts Council Director Moving to St. Louis

Kim Baker (right) at Arts Day 2012 Kim Baker, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, announced her resignation yesterday. Good luck, Kim. Oklahoma’s loss is Missouri’s gain! Dear Friends, Let me take a moment to offer all of my love, support and gratitude for the work you have accomplished in Oklahoma. For the past […]

Three Oklahomans to Attend National Arts Advocacy Day in D.C.

L to R: Julia Kirt, Ken Fergeson and Ken Busby A small delegation of Oklahomans will attend National Arts Advocacy Day next week in Washington D.C. They are Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition; Ken Busby, Executive Director and CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and Ken Fergeson, Chair, Mid-American […]

Norman Residents to Vote on Tax Increase That Would Increase Arts Funding

The Norman Transcript has published an opinion piece by Norman  H. Hammon, the director of development for Jazz in June. It’s about an important vote today that will potentially increase local public funding for the arts in Oklahoma’s third largest city. Click here to read more. –Jennifer

Sign Up: Arts Day at the Oklahoma Capitol 2013

NOTE: Depending on your browser, you may have trouble seeing the entire sign-up form below. If so, please click here or copy this URL into your browser: You can also sign up on Facebook. Click here or copy this URL into your browser: Thanks! –Jennifer

MAAA Director To Speak In Tulsa

Mary Kennedy, Executive Director of the The Mid America Arts Alliance, will speak in Tulsa today at a luncheon for arts leaders, patrons and advocates. The luncheon will take place at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa. Kennedy will speak about advancing the arts in Oklahoma. MAAA has been a generous supporter of Oklahomans for […]

Oklahoma Remembers Paseo Arts District Pioneer John Belt

John BeltMarch 14, 1936 – March 10, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY To love the arts and artists, to embrace neighborhoods and neighbors, to celebrate the beauty of humanity and life is to know John Belt.  John Lampton Belt died Sunday, March 10, 2013, leaving a rich legacy of beauty and community in the hearts and minds of […]

House Media News Release: Art in Public Places Program "Unfairly Targeted"

(PRESS) A House Republican’s bill continues a familiar assault on the public sector, this time targeting the Art in Public Places program. HB1430 will effectively kill the Art in Public Places program by extending the moratorium on the requirement for state agencies to incorporate art into their capital improvement projects. If HB1430 passes and the […]

Update: House Bill 1430, Art in Public Places

House Bill 1430, the bill that seeks to extend the moratorium on the Art in Public Places program, now has a senate author, Sen. Greg Treat (R-District 47). The bill is still on reported to be on “General Order” and we don’t believe it has been heard yet by the new Calendar Committee. It has […]

The Buffalo Lounge at SXSW

The Oklahoma Film & Music Office will host three days of events at our Oklahoma branded Buffalo Lounge venue at the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film-Music-Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The events are March 11-13, at The 512, 408 E. 6th Street, in the heart of downtown Austin. For more information, please visit The […]

Sequester Effects on National Endowment for the Arts

Today, the federal government began a process of across-the-board cuts to federal domestic and defense spending known as sequestration. The reductions are mandatory and will be phased in over the remainder of federal fiscal year 2013. In a letter to state and regional directors, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Director for State and Regional […]