Final Candidate Survey Results

Check out our FINAL candidate survey results!

Oklahoma's 2018 statewide General Election takes place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Oklahomans for the Arts surveyed State Senate and House candidates about their positions on a number of key arts and culture issues. 

Of the 209 state legislative candidates who are still contested, 114 replied (55%). There are 33 individuals already elected because they are unopposed after the primary and runoff.

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Connect, Learn at Oklahoma Arts Conference 2018

Gather with community leaders, artists and arts professionals from across the state for the Oklahoma Arts Conference on October 24 and 25 in Oklahoma City.

See the variety of presenters, sessions and arts experiences at arts.ok.gov. Early Bird Registration continues through September 28, costing only $109. Register soon!

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Julia Kirt
Planning for Advocacy All Year

As you plan your advocacy for the year, here is a calendar with a general overview of what goes on through the year. Consider the different levels of government and ways to get your board, staff and volunteers involved. There are many ways to build the voice for your mission!

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Kristen Swartley
Additional Candidate Survey Results 2018

Candidate Responses for the Runoff Election on August 28.

After the primaries, we re-opened our Arts & Culture Candidate Survey to candidates who were still in the running. And we had 37 more candidates reply!

Oklahomans for the Arts sent surveys to all 574 state legislative candidates. Of those, 174 replied before the primaries, 30%. We offered the survey after the primaries and got 37 more candidate responses giving us an overall response rate of 37%. 

Read the results for candidates appearing on the August 28 runoff ballot and general election November 6, 2018.

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Kristen Swartley
2018 Legislative Wrap Up

Just a few days ago the State Legislature finished their regular session, passing the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriated state budget.

Learn more about next year’s budget and this year’s bills we tracked.

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Julia Kirt
Campaign Year: Rules & How Tos

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! 

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OFTA Board Endorses Plan

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.

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Julia Kirt