We know the arts and culture sector can help our state economically, educationally and in terms of community pride through challenging economic times.

After meeting to talk about the health of the arts and culture sector, multiple service organizations have affirmed we must work together to make sure our community is served well.

We recognize that many arts and culture organizations are facing rapid reductions in public funding and private contributions simultaneously.  Meanwhile, they want to keep serving the students, audiences and communities in meaningful ways.

These partner organizations are working together to provide knowledge and networking resources: Oklahomans for the Arts [coordinating], Allied Arts, Arts Council OKC, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Lawton Arts & Humanities Council, Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Museums Association, OKC Office of Cultural Affairs, Center for Creativity, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Arts Alliance.

This series of initiatives will help nonprofit arts and culture organizations continue serving and strengthening our communities throughout the current and upcoming financial challenges.

Workshops will address short and long term strategies for dealing with budget cuts and continuing engagement with your community. 
Register here.

Workshops for Arts & Culture Organizations:

With the economy impacting public funding, corporate giving and potential other revenue areas, organizations need to plan openly for changes in programs and operations. These workshops will address short and long term strategies for dealing with budget cuts, emphasizing make the most of direct service to and engagement with your community.

Led by Diane Mataraza the workshops offer ideas for short term stop gap measures as well as efforts for longer term resiliency.

Arts and culture nonprofit directors should attend along with any relevant board members and public relations staff.  Each organization is welcome to bring up to 3 attendees.


June 27, 2:30-5 pm

Arts Council OKC, McAlpine Center
428 W California Ave #210,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

June 28, 2:30-5 pm

Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Ave,
Lawton, OK 73507

June 29, 2:30-5 pm

Center for Creativity, Tulsa Community College – Metro Campus
910 S. Boston Ave,
Tulsa OK 74119

Workshop presenter:
Diane Mataraza applies her lifelong record of accomplishment as a foundation director, federal arts funder, arts educator and non-profit arts administrator to helping arts and cultural organizations build strong, sustainable programs.  Mataraza led the Grammy Foundation and served multiple communities at the National Endowment for the Arts. Mataraza is also knowledgeable about Oklahoma, recently having led the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Community Arts Program study and presented at the Oklahoma Arts Conference.

Register here.