To increase support of the arts, culture and arts education across Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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.
· 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
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Museums Association
Greater Oklahoma City:
Cultural Development Corporation Norman Arts Council
Arts Council OKC
City of Oklahoma City
Arts 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
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.
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
Alliance of Tulsa
Ponca City: Ponca City Arts Center
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