Campaign Year: Rules & How Tos
Federal Arts Advocacy Calendar
Many elected positions will be on the ballot in 2018. How can nonprofit organizations participate legally and ethically to be sure new potential elected officials understand the value of arts and culture in their community?
Check out these tips and guidelines!
OFTA Board Endorses Plan
Be an arts advocate from home. Follow this Federal arts advocacy calendar from Americans for the Arts.
Calculate Economic Impact of Your Arts Program
The Oklahomans for the Arts Board voted this week to endorse the Step Up Oklahoma plan.
Oklahomans for the Arts acknowledges this effort to increase sustainable revenues for our state as a first step toward stabilizing the budget.
By beginning the process of addressing Oklahoma’s structural budget deficit the Step Up Oklahoma plan will allow for deliberate efforts to be undertaken to begin the critical process of restoring the funding of essential smaller agencies such as the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Oklahoma Arts Council Suspends Programs Due to Budget Cuts
Oklahoma's arts and culture nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632.
What about your arts event or organization?
Use a few simple numbers to get an estimate of the economic impact based on sound research. All you need is the attendance and cost of your event! Enter information here.
Member Reception: Oct 24, 2017
Unfortunately, the Oklahoma Arts Council has announced the suspension of the Leadership Arts Program due to ongoing budget cuts and current budget uncertainty.
Now is the time for Leadership Arts Alumni and arts supporters to advocate for the Oklahoma Arts Council's budget for the benefit of our whole state!
Economic Impact in Guthrie
It's almost time for the 3rd Annual Oklahomans for the Arts Member Reception! As arts leaders from across the state come together for the Oklahoma Arts Conference, we're gathering our most committed advocates for a celebration of the work accomplished in the last year and a look at the challenges ahead.
Economic Impact in Ponca City
Economic impact of arts and culture in Guthrie
Economic Impact in Greater OKC
Economic impact of arts and culture in Ponca City
Economic Impact in Alva
Economic impact of arts and culture in Greater OKC
Erinn Gavaghan Named Oklahoma’s State Arts Advocacy Captain
Economic impact of arts and culture in Alva
Economic Impact in Greater Tulsa
Erinn Gavaghan named State Arts Advocacy Captain
Economic Impact in Norman
Economic impact of arts and culture in Greater Tulsa
The Arts Mean Business for Oklahoma!
Economic impact of arts and culture in Norman
Special Election: July 11
Oklahomans for the Arts Announces Results of National Study of the Economic Impact of
Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences
Engage: Negotiated State Budget
Candidates for upcoming legislative special elections in Senate District 44 and House District 75 were surveyed on their view of the arts and culture sector.
State Budget Update 5-24-17
Last week the legislative leadership passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) .
The budget proposal reduces the Oklahoma Arts Council’s budget by 4.87%. This will reduce the ability of arts and culture organizations to improve our state’s communities and economy.
This was an incredibly hard legislative session for all. Past financial decisions and a slumping economy combined to create uncertainty for every part of our state government. While arts and culture advocates cannot be satisfied with this reduction of funds, we can be relieved to keep our state art agency more stable.
Proposal for Disproportionate Cuts to Oklahoma Arts Council
The State Legislature struck a late-night budget deal last night, parts of which are being debated today. Assuming it moves forward, there are two possible outcomes for the Oklahoma Arts Council's funding:
Thanks for your advocacy and work so far! Obviously it helped us avoid serious disproportionate cuts. Neither budget proposal is ideal, but the Oklahoma Arts Council is in fairly close proportion to other cuts.
Federal Update: Bipartisan Budget Passed & Increases Arts
Draft budget proposals would cut Oklahoma Arts Council budget disproportionately, by up to 50% to the detriment of the economy and education.
Take action today to defend our state's funding of arts and culture.
“Drastic cuts to the Oklahoma Arts Council will not help balance the budget nor help the state to be competitive.
We believe that only a partnership of state and local government and private donors can assure the vibrant health of arts agencies and activities in communities of all sizes throughout the state.
For these reasons and many more, it is the considered belief of the Board of Oklahomans for the Arts that Oklahoma should keep the Oklahoma Arts Council’s appropriations comparable.”
— Jim Tolbert, Board Chair for Oklahomans for the Arts
The US Congress agreed on a budget to fund the federal government through the end of September (the remainder of fiscal year 2017) and it increases funding for arts and culture.
See the breakdown of Federal arts-related budget items here.