Fall is here, so we know it’s almost time for the Oklahoma Arts Conference: October 20-22, 2015 in Tulsa, OK.

This statewide gathering brings together expertise in arts education, community development, nonprofit administration and more. All who want to improve Oklahoma with and through the arts are welcome. 

We are pleased to partner on the conference again with the Oklahoma Arts Council and will present several sessions focusing on making a case to leaders and elected officials for the arts.

Oklahomans for the Arts will lead several sessions emphasizing advocacy strategies. Making an economic case for the value of arts and cultural work, and carrying those facts and figures to the State Capitol, is fundamental to ensuring that every Oklahoman gets to experience and participate in the arts.

Held on October 22, 1-2:30 pm, “Economic Impact: How the Numbers Add Up for the Arts”  will featured economist Thomas Anderson on the meaning of economic data about the arts and culture sector along with several practical examples of nonprofit organizations using economic impact data to gain support for their programs or events.

Focusing on the how-tos of advocacy, “Legislative Advocacy: Who, What, Where, When” will be October 21, 3:15-4:45 pm. OFTA’s government relations expert, Jerrod Shouse will present information about how the legislature works and how grassroots networks can educate their elected officials.

Learn more and register for the Oklahoma Arts Conference hereRegister by September 18 to receive the early bird rate.