Arts Council Oklahoma City
400 W California
Oklahoma City OK 73102-5021
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Arts Council
Arts Council OKC
Mission Statement Bringing the arts and the community together.
Our All Access Arts Program provides free arts education opportunities to at-risk and underserved youth and adults throughout the metro area.
Contact Information
Contact Name Peter Dolese
Contact email
Address 400 W California
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 5021
Phone (405) 270-4848
Fax 405-270-4888
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
To volunteer, visit
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,191,187.00
Projected Expenses $2,410,499.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1967
IRS Ruling Year 1967
State Registration Expiration Feb 2018
Mission Bringing the arts and the community together.

Incorporated in 1967, the mission of Arts Council Oklahoma City is “Bringing the Arts and the Community Together” through the coordination of events, resources and services. Arts Council Oklahoma City believes that: SERVICE is the cornerstone for our activities and programs; inclusion and ACCESS are fundamental; arts bring people together across demographic lines; ARTS EDUCATION is a lifelong process; VOLUNTEERS are the lifeblood and soul of the organization; COLLABORATION and partnerships are essential elements; and arts define and are vital for a healthy community.

Program goals of Arts Council Oklahoma City have evolved proactively and in response to the needs of the community. Today these goals include:

* To develop art programs that are accessible to underserved audiences

* To present the arts and arts education in accessible, unintimidating ways that foster a positive relationship between the arts, artists and the community.

* To establish a presence for the arts that supports the revitalization and economic development of Oklahoma City.

* To support the development of services that link and strengthen cultural organizations.

Arts Council Oklahoma City, with the support of 13 staff members, 27 board members and more than 5,000 volunteers, provide a range of programs and services that reach one million residents and visitors annually. In most cases programs are free or have an affordable admission charge.



Arts Council Oklahoma City believes that a healthy community has a vital array of art offerings that support lifelong education and participation in the arts. Arts Council OKC serves as a catalyst or magnet for collaboration, outreach and unique partnerships that stimulate affordable and diverse art programs. Service is the cornerstone for all our activities and programs. Arts Council Oklahoma City believes volunteers are integral to fulfilling its mission and strives to create a positive and inclusive environment that nurtures and supports the work of volunteers and staff.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

Arts Council OKC was created through a vision of motivated and dedicated community leaders and continues to exist and thrive due to today’s community leaders. Arts Council OKC makes available a wide-range of free and low-cost arts events and activities for our community. Our board and staff strive to grow and strengthen our programs to keep the arts accessible to all. With our countless community partners, Arts Council OKC remains a catalyst for economic development and quality of life in Oklahoma through the arts. A donation to Arts Council OKC helps us reach one million people in our community and ninety cents of every dollar goes to programming.

Board Chair Statement

Arts Council Oklahoma City and its programs enrich the quality of life in Oklahoma City in so many ways, from Festival of the Arts, which is our best known event, to Art Moves, our newest program. Still, we know that there are numerous untapped opportunities to develop new and innovative programs in our community, especially for children. Our continuing challenge is to identify those opportunities and develop programs and events that build on our past successes in the arts and in the expansion of the diverse cultural fabric of the Greater Oklahoma City community.


Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)

State of Oklahoma

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts & Culture
Started in 1967, the inaugural festival was a small arts event created by the shared vision of community leaders. Today, this free event has grown into a nationally-recognized festival with 144 fine artists from across the country and the globe, entertainment on three stages, world-renowned street performers, international culinary art cuisine, and extensive programming for young people. Festival of the Arts sees 750,000 people in its six days and is orchestrated by 5,000 volunteers.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Provided arts programming and services to nearly one million residents of and visitors to the Central Oklahoma area.
Description Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and "open" the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety of choirs, bands, dance troupes, street performers, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. All of the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight. Opening Night enjoys an attendance of up to 40,000 revelers and is produced with 200 volunteers.
Population Served General/Unspecified

Since 1980, this free concert series has offered an opportunity for the entire community to experience live performances in a family-oriented atmosphere each Sunday throughout the summer at the Downtown Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adults
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Since 1980, this free concert series has offered an opportunity for the entire community to experience high-quality live performances in a family-oriented atmosphere each Sunday throughout the summer at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Description All Access Arts first began in 1984, with the mission of providing free access to arts education experiences for the underserved of all ages throughout the greater metro area. All Access Arts partners with the Metropolitan Library System and the City of Oklahoma City to bring participatory performing arts and visual art instruction to thousands of children each summer. All Access Arts also provides art classes during the academic year in public schools and community agencies, and hosts a Teen Arts Council, offering leadership and service learning opportunities for teens interested in the arts. The aging in our community have access to the arts through our innovative initiatives in assisted living centers and senior centers.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Peter Dolese
Start Date July 2008

Peter Dolese is the Executive Director of Arts Council Oklahoma City. Dolese has been involved with the Arts Council since 1989, where he works with a diverse group of community leaders to bring the arts and community together. Dolese works closely with his staff, volunteer chairmen and committees to plan and produce arts events, activities, and programs. He also cultivates sponsorships and coordinates with city officials for licenses and permits. Dolese has served on the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre board, City Arts Center board as both member and president, the National Storytelling Association board as both member and vice president. He has served deadCENTER Film Festival as board member and President. He is also a board member of the Cultural Development Corporation. He can be found supporting nearly every art event in Oklahoma City, from the Plaza and Paseo Districts, to Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition events, IAO, Oklahoma City Ballet, and deadCENTER Film Festival, just to name a few. Dolese has been involved with the arts in Oklahoma City since 1974, when he graduated from the Oklahoma City University School of Music.

Number of Full-time Staff 13
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5000
Staff Retention Rate 69
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Allied Arts member agency1968
Governor's Arts AwardOklahoma Arts Council2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Board Chair
Name Michael Laird
Company Affiliation Crowe & Dunlevy, PC
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Daniel Adams MidFirst BankVoting
Allison Barta Bailey Price Edwards and CompanyVoting
Tanishia Beacham Field Marketing for Sonic IndustriesVoting
Tyler Bolton Continental ResourcesVoting
Ashlea Briggs BancFirst Oklahoma CityVoting
Andy Burnett Burnett EquitiesVoting
Kati Christ Bank of OklahomaVoting
Dennis Clowers City of Oklahoma CityVoting
Brooke Coe Chesapeake Energy CorporationVoting
Stacy Coleman Voting
Karen R. Delaney Community VolunteerVoting
Barb Denny Voting
Rusty Duncan Insight Creative GroupVoting
Hillary Farrell Ackerman McQueen
Vahid Farzaneh Freestyle Marketing + FilmsVoting
Betsy Guthrie-Brunsteter ADG, Inc.Voting
David Holt
Garrett Jackson Devon Energy Corporation
Tony LoPresto Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc.Voting
Lane R. Neal Durbin, Larimore & BialickVoting
Laci Jackson Ravina Blanton Property CompanyVoting
Jim Roth Phillips MurrahVoting
Meg Salyer
John Semtner ADG Inc.Voting
Kym Koch Thompson Koch CommunicationsVoting
Megan Tyler UCO College of BusinessVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 24
Hispanic/Latino 1
Other 1 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 14
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Arts Council OKC has completed the Standards for Excellence clinic series and follows best practices learned therein.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,191,187
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,410,499
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$3,839,926$2,760,234$2,685,032
Total Expenses$3,123,704$2,552,494$2,588,301
Revenue Less Expenses$716,222$207,740$96,731
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$90,069$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$389$23,230$63,003
Unrealized Gain/Loss$18,903$2,629$2,098
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$988,624$788,030
Revenue In-Kind--$478,386$514,122
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,640,921$2,022,597$2,075,967
Administration Expense$377,419$428,570$396,459
Fundraising Expense$105,364$101,327$115,875
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.231.081.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue41%8%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,412,490$2,697,121$2,513,866
Current Assets$692,014$1,110,743$697,055
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$52,281$53,225$77,710
Total Net Assets$3,360,209$2,643,896$2,436,156
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.2420.878.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,112,182Special Events $988,624Earned Revenue $948,696
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $448,682Earned Revenue $916,770Special Events $788,030
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $169,701Revenue In-Kind $478,386Revenue In-Kind $514,122
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In past years, Arts Council OKC audited financials did not accurately attribute payroll and benefits into program costs as our Form 990 does. Arts Council OKC’s board of directors and auditors began attributing these costs to their appropriate programs beginning in FY13.

Endowment held by Oklahoma City Community Foundation with a 5% spending policy.
Foundation Staff Comments
Current year financials are taken from the organization's form 990.  All other prior year's financial information are from audited financials. Therefore, you may see some discrepancies in the breakout of revenue, expenses, totals assets and/or net assets going from the audited financials to the Form 990s.

Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address 400 W California
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 5021
Primary Phone 405 270-4848
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Peter Dolese
Board Chair Michael Laird
Board Chair Company Affiliation Crowe & Dunlevy, PC


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