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Oklahoma Arts Day

April 3, 2019

2nd floor of the State Capitol

Sign up to join us for Arts Day 2019!

Thanks to the hundreds of advocates who showed up for Oklahoma Arts Day at the State Capitol last April!  

We highlighted how school funding and arts education impact students across the state.

Because of the teacher walkout, our 2018 Oklahoma Arts Day events took place outside the Capitol. We rallied for arts education, encouraging community arts and culture leaders, artists, teachers and arts education supporters to join us.

Thanks to partners, advocates, performers and other artists! 

Thanks Organizational Partners: Alliance for Arts Education, Canterbury Voices, Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Education Association, Oklahoma A+ Schools and Oklahoma Museums Association Route 66 Alliance.

Learn more about how art education is supported across the state, see our summary fact sheet or detailed fact sheet.

Sign up for our arts & culture advocate email list to stay informed. 


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. However, many groups are setting up their own tents and tables. You are welcome to make your own pop up display! 



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?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Long term: We must build relationships with our elected officials to prepare for future arts-friendly policy and funding.

See our Legislative Priorities here.

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