Erinn Gavaghan Named Oklahoma’s State Arts Advocacy Captain

Erinn Gavaghan (3 from left) and the Oklahoma Arts Advocacy Day team with Congressman Steve Russell'a legislative assistant Amy Baker (4 from left)

Erinn Gavaghan (3 from left) and the Oklahoma Arts Advocacy Day team with Congressman Steve Russell'a legislative assistant Amy Baker (4 from left)

Erinn Gavaghan will be Oklahoma’s next State Arts Advocacy Captain with Americans for the Arts and Oklahomans for the Arts.

Captains are designated as advocacy liaisons between local stakeholders and Americans for the Arts to advance arts legislation at the national level for their state.In 2003, Americans for the Arts established a network of State Arts Advocacy Captains in all 50 states.

As captain, Gavaghan will lead Oklahoma’s delegation of arts advocates to national Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. each year. She will also meet with other State Captains throughout the year and share updates about national funding and arts education efforts so that Oklahoma can participate in Federal arts advocacy. 

As Executive Director of the Norman Arts Council, Gavaghan has spent 7 years supporting and expanding the Norman community’s commitment to arts, culture, and arts education. In addition to her work with the NAC, she is an adjunct professor of Art History and is an active volunteer in the central Oklahoma arts community. She serves on the board of directors for the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, the Norman Public Arts Board, and the Norman Downtowners Association.

Her role as State Arts Advocacy Captain will be a volunteer role beyond her work for the Norman Arts Council. As captain, Gavaghan will continue working for the vitality and reach of public funding for arts and culture in Oklahoma.

Elizabeth Sidler