Oklahomans for the Arts Inc.
111 N.W. 9th St.
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahomans for the Arts
Mission Statement

To increase support of the arts, culture and arts education across Oklahoma.

Advocates show their hometowns at Arts Advocacy Day 2014
Contact Information
Contact Name Julia Kirt
Contact email jkirt@oklahomansforthearts.org
Address 111 N.W. 9th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 887-3515
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 887-3515
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Oklahomans for the Arts strives to improve our state with and through the arts, so welcomes members, volunteers and advocates.

Volunteers assist with research, coalition building, marketing and more. Interns may assist with projects and administration as well. Oklahomans for the Arts seeks writers for blog or study materials. 

Besides monetary donations, Oklahomans for the Arts welcomes in-kind assistance of processional services and supplies.

Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $169,100.00
Projected Expenses $169,100.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Oklahoma Cultural Coalition2010
Year Founded 2011
IRS Ruling Year 1993
State Registration Expiration Feb 2017
Statements
Mission

To increase support of the arts, culture and arts education across Oklahoma.

Background

Business and arts organization leaders formed Oklahomans for the Arts, Inc. in 2011. OFTA's 23-member Board of Directors believe in the economic impact of the arts in Oklahoma and all that arts and culture contribute to the state's quality of life.

Working especially to grow public funding for the arts, Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) serves nonprofit arts organizations across the state along with their supporters and beneficiaries. OFTA also serves artists and art enthusiasts who believe arts and culture should be a priority in Oklahoma. OFTA communicates regularly with more than 4,000 individuals and organizations.

With a part-time director, OFTA manages a statewide network of advocates, including civic and arts leaders. OFTA provides communications, research and networks. The organization employs digital strategies for distribution of messages and volunteer engagement.

OFTA’s short term priority is advocating for the continued funding and independence of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the state’s backbone agency for the arts sector. The agency's annual state appropriation is under $4 million a year and 85 percent of which is granted out to communities statewide. The Oklahoma Arts Council also provides the most extensive training for the arts sector, so OFTA recognizes its irreplaceable role for our state.

Impact

Over the past year, Oklahomans for the Arts connected arts advocates across the state through communication, training and convening. Oklahomans for the Arts led efforts to grow and protect public funding for the arts at the state level through action alerts. Oklahomans for the Arts issued its first Candidate Survey on Arts and Culture to offer voters transparent data about candidate’s arts policies. Oklahomans for the Arts served as a partner to offer the Oklahoma Arts Conference, serving more than 400 arts and culture leaders. Oklahomans for the Arts provided research and information through extensive blog posts and web resources. Oklahomans for the Arts staff and volunteers spoke to hundreds around the state, educating them about the arts industry and advocacy.

Short term, OFTA will develop a stronger network of informed, connected and engaged arts advocates for public funding for the arts. OFTA strives to build networks of collaborative arts organizations staff and board members advocating on a local and state level. OFTA seeks to ensure informed elected officials who are paying attention to and prioritizing arts and culture in policy and funding decisions.

With these outcomes, OFTA will increase awareness of arts and culture as necessary for our state’s well-being and grow arts-friendly public policy and funding for arts and culture. Long term, OFTA pursues increased access to arts and culture experiences, public art and arts education for all Oklahomans. 

Needs

· Oklahoma Arts Day Sponsors-- encourage civic engagement by sponsoring the arts sector's day at the State Capitol. Levels of $100 and up.

· Elected official breakfast—funds to support a legislative breakfast to introduce the impact of the arts on communities across Oklahoma. $850

 
 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Citizen Participation
Tertiary Organizational Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy/Alliances & Advocacy
Programs
Description

Annual event at the Oklahoma State Capitol designed to educate elected officials about the economic, educational and community-building benefits of public funding for the arts.

Strategy
Population Served Adults US Adults
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.

Arts Day at the Capitol, May 5, 2015 will mark the fourth year of this event to bring together the arts and culture sector. We anticipate the event will continue to draw large audiences, last year about 400 arts advocates to the capitol and includes displays from 40 arts organizations. In the upcoming year we will more closely track the legislative meetings and media mentions.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveying of participants; attendance; contacts with legislators
Description OFTA issued the first Candidate Survey on Arts and Culture to offer voters transparent data about candidate’s arts policies. This was the beginning of voter engagement programs that will expand in future election cycles. 
Strategy
Population Served Adults
Description

Americans for the Arts is launching its fifth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry, Arts & Economic Prosperity V (AEP5). This study will document the key role played by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in strengthening our economy.

As part of the national study, OFTA will lead partners in collecting data from nonprofit arts & culture organizations statewide to generate reports specific to the state and its communities. The study will serve as critical advocacy and branding tool for Oklahoma’s arts industry.

 
Partners include:

Statewide:

Oklahoma Arts Council

Oklahoma Museums Association

Greater Oklahoma City:

Allied Arts

Cultural Development Corporation Norman Arts Council

Arts Council OKC

City of Oklahoma City

Greater Tulsa:

Arts Alliance of Tulsa

City of Tulsa, Tulsa Arts Commission

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

Local Partners:

Alva: Graceful Arts Center

Guthrie: The Arts in Guthrie

Norman: Norman Arts Council

Ponca City: Ponca City Arts Center

 
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Julia Kirt
Start Date May 2014
Email jkirt@oklahomansforthearts.org
Experience
As the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages support for arts and culture across the state, especially public investment. She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. For the previous 15 years, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, working with more than 5,000 artists around Oklahoma, through training, funding, exhibitions and publications to help them create sustainable careers and outstanding artwork. She instigated innovative community programs such as the Momentum exhibition highlighting young artists, Art 365 exhibition that offers the largest artist awards in the region, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship focused on regional dialogue in the arts.

She received the “Emerging Leadership Award” from the Americans for the Arts in 2008. Kirt participated in the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation. She also was Leader in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Art, Media and Design and a Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a partnership between Stanford Graduate School and National Arts Strategies. Kirt was named a “Forty under Forty Making a Difference” by Oklahoma Magazine and “40 under 40” by OKC Business in 2007 and an “Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record in 2011. Kirt received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014.

Kirt serves the broader community as Vice-President of the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma and co-chair of Cultural Plan implementation. She’s on the board for the Downtown Strategic Initiatives. In 2015 she was elected a Council Member for the Americans for the Arts State Art Action Network.

She completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 52
Staff Retention Rate 0
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations

OFTA partners with Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for the infrastructure that undergirds all our programs, specifically sharing office space and equipment.

Monitoring arts news, funding and policy, OFTA publishes email newsletters and alerts, a regular blog and extensive social media information. OFTA is an active participant in the State Arts Action Network, a national alliance organized by Americans for the Arts, to build Oklahoma’s national voice in the arts and share best practices locally.

OFTA collaborates with the Oklahoma Arts Council to offer the Statewide Arts Conference, the largest gathering of arts administrators and supporters. Besides administrative assistance, OFTA presents a session and plenary lecture on advocacy.

Gathering advocates at the state capitol for Arts Day each spring, OFTA improves visibility of the arts and culture sector and direct connections with elected officials. OFTA works with Oklahoma A+ Schools and Friends of the State Capitol for the annual event. Also an average of 45 arts organizations participate in the program, offering information to the public and meeting with their legislators. The Tulsa Chamber’s young professionals’ organization, TYpros, worked with OFTA to train their members and participate in Arts Day.

OFTA has worked with several organizations for training and speaking about advocacy, including the Center for Nonprofits and Oklahoma Art Educators Association. OFTA issued the first Candidate Survey on Arts and Culture to offer voters transparent data about candidate’s arts policies. OFTA received assistance by the Oklahoma Museums Association to formulate the survey and distribute the results.

OFTA is working with a wide variety of partners on the economic impact study, including: 

Oklahomans for the Arts

Oklahoma Arts Council

Oklahoma Museums Association

Allied Arts

Cultural Development Corporation Norman Arts Council

Arts Council OKC

City of Oklahoma City

Alliance of Tulsa

City of Tulsa, Tulsa Arts Commission

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

Alva: Graceful Arts Center

Guthrie: The Arts in Guthrie

Norman: Norman Arts Council

Ponca City: Ponca City Arts Center

 
 
 
 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. James R. Tolbert III
Company Affiliation First Oklahoma Corporation
Term July 2011 to June 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Apr 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Gov. Bill Anoatubby Chickasaw NationVoting
Billie Barnett Voting
Dr. Joy Reed Belt Voting
Bill Cameron Voting
Ryan Cunningham Voting
Charlie Daniels Voting
Nance Diamond Voting
Linda Edmonson Voting
C. Kendric Fergeson Voting
Russ Florence Voting
Linda Frazier Voting
Ann Graves Voting
Will Jones Voting
Michael E. Joseph Voting
Roxana Lorton Voting
P. Vincent LoVoi Voting
Desmond Mason Voting
Melvin Moran Voting
Larry Nichols Voting
James Pickel Voting
Suzanne Tate Voting
James Tolbert IIIVoting
Peggy Wisdom Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 3
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 50 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Executive
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $169,100
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $169,100
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
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 Year201520142013
Contributions------
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$65,663$45,000--
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$21,888$15,164$87,133
------
$29,362$20,619$20,339
Investment Income, Net of Losses$55$40$30
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$8,169$9,944--
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$66,821$45,810$52,842
Administration Expense$60,301$41,913$47,696
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.031.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses53%52%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$41,661$44,435$40,602
Current Assets$41,661$43,286$40,602
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$789--
Total Net Assets$41,661$43,646$40,602
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--54.86--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $65,663Foundations & Corporations $45,000Individuals $87,133
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $29,362Earned Revenue $20,619Earned Revenue $20,339
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $21,888Individuals $15,164Investment Income $30
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line? No
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 OFTA will seek an outside financial review when we top $250,000 in expenses. With the current budget size, OFTA will focus accountability as with the official financial policy. 
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s.
Address 111 N.W. 9th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 887-3515
CEO/Executive Director Julia Kirt
Board Chair Mr. James R. Tolbert
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Oklahoma Corporation