News Alert RE: Proposed Arts Funding Cuts & Elimination of NEA

Statement from Amber Sharples, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council

Oklahoma City, Okla., USA–“On March 16, the White House released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, calling for reductions to a range of government programs and the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.   
“In light of the president’s proposal, it is important to remember that Congress ultimately decides how to allocate federal funds. The proposal is the beginning of a conversation, one in which Oklahomans can actively participate.
“As a state agency, the Oklahoma Arts Council does not design or coordinate advocacy efforts. However, part of our mandate is to educate Oklahomans about the impact of the arts in communities and schools across our state. So, as always, we invite you to use us as a resource for information, and allow us to serve you as a connector.
“Should you be interested in advocacy efforts at the state and national level, we suggest you connect with our friends at Oklahomans for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.
Further, we invite you to embrace this moment as an opportunity: to express your passion for the arts, articulate the impact the arts have had on your life and in your community, and actively engage in this process by which our nation proclaims its values and vision.
“In the meantime, we will be here, as we have been for more than 50 years, working to ensure that all Oklahomans can experience the benefits of the arts and arts education. 
Thank you for all you do to serve your community through the arts.”

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‘The Garden’ ballet premieres at OU to music by professor Michael Lee

News from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

NORMAN, Okla., USA–The University of Oklahoma Schools of Dance and Music will present, in collaboration,  the world premiere of The Garden, at 8 p.m. March 9 in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., on the OU Norman campus. This special event is complimentary to the public.   Continue reading

Review: Tulsa Ballet world premiere brings hi-tech aura to ‘OZ’ themes

By Glenda Rice Collins

TULSA, Okla. USA–The world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s glittering Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet last week brought Broadway theatrics to the staging of sophisticated ballet with contemporary choreography extraordinaire. Liang’s masterful authority over details  presided  during  the February 10 debut at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.     Continue reading

Tulsa Ballet world premiere takes flight this weekend

TULSA, Okla. USA–The world premiere of celebrated American choreographer Edwaard Liang‘s Dorothy and the Prince of Oz debuts this weekend, February 10-12, 2017 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, as the distinguished, internationally-acclaimed Tulsa Ballet continues the celebration of its 2016-17 Diamond Anniversary season.   Continue reading

Russian ballet in Oklahoma: cultural synergy celebrated in ‘Don Quixote’

By Glenda Rice Collins   (Updated 2-7-17)

Part I of a two-part focus: celebrating the synergy of cultural diversity in the arts*

EDMOND, Okla. — The excitement, brilliance and buoyancy of Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s fast-paced 1983 staging of the Don Quixote ballet (after Marius Petipa) was brought to life again last week by the touring  dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, featured  at the opulent  Armstrong Auditorium — a  stunning reminder of the artistic (and personal) merits of embracing cultural diversity and global travel. Continue reading

Crystal Bridges museum celebrates Fifth Anniversary as live ‘Art of American Dance’ events continue

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

Bentonville, Ark., USA–Today marks the fifth anniversary of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as live performances and special events continue to also reflect the current exhibition, The Art of American Dance, which continues through January 16, 2017.    Continue reading

Last Call: Frida Kahlo exhibition ends Sunday at Gilcrease Museum; ‘Tres Vidas’ pays tribute

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

TULSA, Okla. USA — Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray continues through September 11 at Gilcrease Museum.*

This exhibition has recently inspired me to delve more deeply into the study of a Mexican artistic icon, known for her “unibrow” over decades, but still resplendent in the distinctive, saturated-color images of photographic master Muray, as she became his favored artistic subject as an original work of art herself.   Continue reading

Oklahoma Osage Ballet Santa Fe Bound

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. USA — “I love making beautiful things,” says Osage Ballet director Randy Tinker Smith, “Whether in music or ballet, …getting everybody to work together to produce a beautiful piece of art…That’s our goal, that we always represent our tribe well, …and to keep getting our story out.”  Continue reading

Tulsa-based Orchestras Complement OK Mozart

By Glenda Rice Collins, For Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers,  Published: August 2016

Three well-established Oklahoma orchestras recently played a significant role in advancing Oklahoma’s premiere music festival, OK Mozart (OKM). during a pivotal year for the week-long event, June 11 – 18 at the Bartlesville Community Center.   Continue reading

Painted Sky Opera to perform at Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Debut

News from Painted Sky Opera 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. USA — Painted Sky Opera in collaboration with the Oklahoma Haydn Festival will present La Canterina by Joseph Haydn at 2 pm June 25 and 7 pm June 26 in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

La Canterina will be Painted Sky Opera’s first productionContinue reading