Arts: Economic Impact Reports Available

News From Oklahomans for the Arts:  Oklahomans advocating to increase support of the arts, culture and arts education across Oklahoma. 

unnamed (1)A message from executive director Julia Kirt:

Oklahoma’s arts and culture nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632 in Fiscal Year 2015.   Continue reading

Proposed budget cuts call for elimination of National Endowment for the Humanities

Oklahoma City, Okla. — State budgets for diverse cultural programs could suffer if President Trump’s proposed budget cuts receive Congressional support. The stated mission of Oklahoma Humanities, for example, is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.    Continue reading

Last Call: Bruce Goff Shin’enKan exhibit ends Sunday at Price Tower Arts Center

By Glenda Rice Collins

BARTLESVILLE, Okla., USA — This week I felt a vital, revived connection, when I toured the ongoing Price Tower Arts Center exhibition, Shin’enKan: House of the Far Away Heart, which ends March 26.  Bruce Goff’s  spirited and somewhat spiritual, avant-garde Oklahoma masterpiece was engulfed in flames some 20 years ago.   Continue reading

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

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

Oklahoma Arts Conference Opens Today in Tulsa

OKLAHOMA ARTS COUNCIL NEWS NOTES

2015 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Tulsa, October 21-22
Preconference Events Begin Oct. 20. Register at Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., or Wed. – Thurs., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special guest speakers Oct. 21 will include:
Dr. Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment For the Arts, and Dr. William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities.

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NEW GENRE Arts Festival Celebrates with Free Tickets for Living Arts of Tulsa Events, September 4 – 12, 2015

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
Published September 2, 2015, For GlendaRiceCollins.com

CloudEyeControl_halflife_photocredit_Eugene_Ahn_02_convertedTulsa, Okla., USA — Described as Experimental, Thought-Provoking Art that Makes You Talk, New Genre XXII-B Arts Festival will Push Your Limits with exploratory, contemporary artistic productions that will also push and stretch the envelope —  September 4 – 12, 2015 at Living Arts of Tulsa  and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC) — with tickets offered free for the first time, due to generous sponsors.

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