Save the date for Oklahoma Arts Day on April 11, 2018!
Join us at the State Capitol on April 11, 2018 to stand up for the positive impact of the arts in our community!
We invite arts and culture supporters from across the state to join together in the Capitol to deliver a unified message to our Oklahoma legislators: Arts and culture is a public good that benefits the entire state. The arts and culture sector develops communities, improves education, and grows the economy.
If you love arts and culture and know they improve Oklahoma, please join us at the Capitol. Community leaders, artists, arts administrators, museum leaders, board members, volunteers, educators, and others are welcome.
Last year, more than 400 people from across the state joined us at the Capitol and discussed the value of arts and culture with legislators. Either in their offices or over lunch, every legislator received data and stories from their communities about the impact of the arts and culture sector.
See photos from the 2017 event here.
Interested in Oklahoma Arts Day 2018? Register to stay informed!
- Registration- Free
- Lunch- $10
- W/ Legislators' Lunch $20 (optional)
- Sponsor/Partner of $100+ On promotional & legislator materials, reserved table.
Note for Nonprofit arts & culture Organizations:
Please bring a team of staff, board members and volunteers to deliver information about your impact directly to your legislators. You are welcome to visit as a team or focus on your home legislators. The event will not have display tables for organizations.
What you need to know for arts day- 2018 Updates coming Soon!
ARTS DAY 2017 MEDIA COVERAGE
Oklahoma Gazette | May 11, 2016 | Budget woes put Oklahoma arts in jeopardy
Red Dirt Report | May 5, 2016 | Arts patrons try to head off consolidation move by lawmakers
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Oklahoma Arts Day?
Oklahomans for the Arts works to increase public investment in arts and culture, public art and arts education by bringing advocates to the State Capitol to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy. Arts advocates attend the event at the State Capitol to meet with legislators and ask them to support arts funding and arts education. There is a kickoff rally and performances throughout the day.
Who are Oklahomans for the Arts?
Oklahomans for the Arts envisions a state where every citizen is able to experience and benefit from arts & culture. Oklahomans for the Arts is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit organization formed in 2011. Supporters and advocates include more than 4,500 business and civic leaders, educators, artists, and arts administrators across the state.
Who Attends Oklahoma Arts Day?
Oklahomans who love arts and culture and know it makes Oklahoma better attend Oklahoma Arts Day. Attendees include artists of all kinds, arts administrators, museum leaders, board members, educators and civic leaders who support the arts. If you are interested, register now!
We encourage arts and culture organization staff, board and volunteers to attend and support the sector.
Attendees are welcome to drop in for part or participate in the whole day!
Why Should I Go?
Your presence shows legislators the strength of Oklahoma’s statewide arts community. You demonstrate that arts and culture leaders are watching and care how the State invests in our communities.
Your participation will help Legislators understand the value of arts and culture in your own community.
What are the Primary Issues This Year?
- Budget shortfall: The legislature will likely be still negotiating the budget for the upcoming year. The budget will include any arts funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council and arts education.
- Short term: We must be ever vigilant to help make the arts accessible in every corner of the state. This year’s mid-year cuts mean ALL funding is under negotiation.
- Long term: We must build relationships with our elected officials to prepare for future arts-friendly policy and funding.
See our Legislative Priorities here.