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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: EDMOND

The city of Edmond’s public art collection is a testament to the power of public investment in the arts and an incentive for arts advocates to get serious about electing pro-arts candidates to municipal office.

Over the last two decades, elected officials in Edmond have intentionally built public art funds into the city’s budget. Mayors, notably Randel Shadid, and City Councilmembers have worked together to build the infrastructure that has resulted in a public art collection of over 150 pieces valued at over $3.5 million.

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ON ALERT: NORMAN ARTS ROUNDTABLE LEGISLATIVE FORUM

The Norman Arts & Humanities Roundtable hosted their Legislative Forum on January 11, 2017. The Norman legislators raised short term concerns for state support for the arts and longer term tips for advocacy.

The local arts sector has hosted this forum almost annually for 30 years according to chair Norman Hammond. The Roundtable brings together leaders from most of the area’s arts and culture organizations for regular strategizing, networking and advocacy. Norman Arts Council coordinates the group.

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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: OKLAHOMA CITY (PART 1)

This case study is part of a series investigating the variety of ways that Oklahoma communities invest municipal resources and funding in the arts. These stories illustrate how these investments, big or small, can have a positive impact on citizens, civic pride, tourism, and the general well-being of a place and its people.

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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: ALVA

The city of Alva invests in the arts through a combination of city/state partnerships and public/private partnerships. These partnerships function toward the goals of the Cultural District Initiative, (1) to increase Alva’s capacity for arts and cultural development, and (2) to cultivate inclusive improvement in social and economic life for residents of Alva.

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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: MIAMI

Miami, Oklahoma is in the early stages of drafting and implementing a Cultural District Plan. Miami’s story is a useful template for communities wondering how to begin investing in arts and culture intentionally and systematically.

The recipe for Miami’s successful start has included good working relationships between arts leaders and civic leaders, a holistic vision for the role of the arts in Miami and a substantial dedication of time.

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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: BARTLESVILLE

The City of Bartlesville understands the value of the arts for cultivating civic pride. And that long-standing disposition among civic leaders and community members has synthesized into a sustainable pro-arts culture in the city.

During Bartlesville’s boom oil years Phillips Petroleum brought substantial wealth to the city, and many residents and city officials wanted to invest in arts and culture to improve the city’s well-being and promote a positive sense of place.

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ARTS EDUCATION: SERVING ALL STUDENTS

This diagram show the ways students benefit from arts education in their schools and communities.

Each part of the arts education ecosystem is important to benefit students. As we advocate for more certified arts teachers in schools or more community arts groups serving neighborhoods, let’s respect the role of each.

Americans for the Arts and other national partners produced this diagram as part of their “Arts Education for American Students: A Shared Endeavor” statement.

Read the statement here.

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ART OF COMMUNITY BUILDING: ADA

Ada, Oklahoma is full of promising college students and passionate professors who would like to see more of those students stick around to invest in the city. Retaining young professionals after graduation is a mountain every college town tries to climb, and one that can feel steep in small-town Oklahoma.

Part of Ada’s answer is creating a young professional-friendly culture through the arts. The city has developed an Arts District and arts-friendly policies to encourage the growth of the arts sector so the sector can contribute to the city’s social and economic vitality.

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ARTS EDUCATION & ESSA

Laws and policy are changing education standards and accountability. Oklahoma’s Department of Education is working now to decide how our state will implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our State Department of Oklahoma is creating a State Plan in preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year. Each state must revise its accountability plan for success in education, which―in addition to items such as test scores―can include other indicators, such as measures of participation in arts instruction.

Take advantage of the important opportunities outlined on this handout to voice your support for arts education!

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HOW DO YOU VALUE ARTS?

The study, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, offers a new framework for understanding the value of the arts, one that recognizes how both intrinsic and instrumental benefits contribute to the public realm and underscores the central role of intrinsic benefits in generating all arts benefits. The authors also examine how such benefits are generated through different kinds of arts experiences and call for policies designed to engage more Americans in the arts.

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THANKS ORGANIZATIONS MEASURING ECONOMIC IMPACT

Thanks to the following 133 Oklahoma arts & cultural organizations who have completed their surveys for the Arts & Economic Prosperity report.

The survey asks for organization’s direct expenditures and audience numbers. It is irreplaceable to gather the economic impact of the arts so we can report a total impact for the state’s arts and culture industry.

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RESOURCES: BEYOND FINANCIALS

How will our arts and culture organizations navigate current challenging economic times, the changes in private philanthropy and the reductions in public funding?

We recently held three workshops to equip arts and culture organizations focused on new community realities. More than 160 individuals attended the gatherings in Lawton, OKC and Tulsa, representing a wide variety of arts and culture organizations big and small.

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