50 STORIES 50 YEARS: OKLAHOMA VISUAL ARTS COALITION
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma while also promoting public interest in and understanding of the arts.
The Tulsa Art Studio Tour is one of OVAC’s exposure avenues for Oklahoma visual artists, allowing community members to meet artists living and working in their neighborhoods.
The Tour promotes public understanding of the arts by offering firsthand experiences of the process of creation and personal interactions with working artists in Oklahoma.
This year over 700 people visited 10 artist studios. Artists participating in the Tour also visited schools and social service organizations to host interactive workshops and creative activities in an effort to bring the arts to those who may not readily have access to such offerings. Among them were community members from partnerships with social service organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Women in Recovery, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, and the Lindsey House.
Oklahoma Arts Council funds support all OVAC’s programs. Specifically, funds from the Oklahoma Arts Council support Tulsa Arts Studio Tour operations and OVAC’s ongoing efforts to reach more diverse audiences with each year’s tour. Future cuts to public funding for the arts would result in reduced community outreach and cutbacks scholarships for the Tulsa Art Studio Tour for area students and social organizations.
This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.