50 STORIES 50 YEARS: OK MOZART
OK Mozart’s mission is to bring the highest quality of professional musical and cultural experiences to the citizens of Oklahoma by putting on a week-long festival of Oklahoma professional orchestral musicians and international concert artists.
The festival fosters the innovative growth of Oklahoma artists at all levels from grade school and college, to professional and lifelong citizen musicians.
For 31 years, OK Mozart has held this festival, with the help of sponsors, patrons, and organizations such as the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The work of OK Mozart draws an impressive array of high-caliber musical talent to the largest classical music festival in the state—all in a community of just over 36,000 people.
Festival crowds make a sizable economic impact on the region.
According to the Bartlesville Chamber of commerce, OK Mozart has an economic impact of approximately $3,000,000 each year. In the festival’s 31 years, OK Mozart has cumulatively made over $100,000,000 economic impact on the region.
Such economic benefits grow hand in hand with enhancements in quality of life.
With many community and public partners, OK Mozart’s festival promotes musical appreciation and education all over the state. And many festival performances are broadcast over the radio for those who cannot attend in person.
State cuts to the Oklahoma Arts Council budget have meant that OK Mozart must work harder with fewer resources. State cuts also mean that OK Mozart promotes the festival regionally without substantial statewide coverage, thus limiting the number of Oklahomans who might otherwise benefit from this excellent artistic experience.
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