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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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.
Allied Arts represents and supports 26 local arts groups in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas and serves as the advocate for central Oklahoma's arts and cultural community.
Founded in 1971 as Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts champions the arts by:
Mobilizing critical resources to foster the dynamic growth of the arts
Providing technological, administrative and ot...
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