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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: LES GILLIAM

The music of Les Gilliam, member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Performing Artist Roster and official “Oklahoma Balladeer,” has crisscrossed the state for many years thanks to the work of the Oklahoma Arts Council. Now that another round of budget cuts is sweeping in, Gilliam shares his success and what it has meant for the arts culture sector, the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the effect of budget cuts on his ability to serve Oklahomans.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: AN OKCPS VISUAL ARTS EDUCATOR

As a visual arts educator with OKCPS, Gail Sloop has seen public funding for the arts support creative, integrated learning on Oklahoma history, art, and culture among OKC elementary students.

“My mission is to expose young children, pre-kindergarten to 6th, to the arts,” says Sloop.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: SAPULPA ARTS

Funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council is vital to the variety and reach of Sapulpa Arts’ work to bring artistically enriching programs to their hard working community.

In a single year, Sapulpa Arts provides free art classes to senior citizens through ARTeries; puts on the Route 66 Art Show to showcase local talent from all ages and media; holds Art Explore!, a week-long art camp exploring cultures from around the world through the lens of art; and hosts a highly-attended summer concert series featuring local musical talent.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: THE OKLAHOMA ARTS INSTITUTE

Since the summer of 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain has been bringing luminary artists like America’s first Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief, Emeritus U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and the nation’s first female orchestra conductor Judith Somogi to its statewide arts education programs.

And with nearly 40 years of consistent support for the Summer and Fall Institutes, the Oklahoma Arts Council has been a major partner in providing Oklahomans life-changing opportunities to study with the nation’s finest artists.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: THEATRE NORTH

Theatre North’s production of plays that reflect the African-American experience has been an integral element in the revival of Tulsa’s Greenwood District.

Public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council has supported Theatre North’s participation in Tulsa’s Greenwood Arts Jubilee series – a series that has drawn attention to the historically important Greenwood district and revived focus on the importance of the Greenwood District in our nation’s race relations narrative.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: SOUTH ASIAN PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION

Since 2006, South Asian Performing Arts Foundation (SAPAF) has been promoting awareness of the traditional classic and folk arts of the Indian subcontinent through performance art.

Combining public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from local Indian-owned businesses, SAPAF brings world-class musicians and dancers to Tulsa.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: CHISHOLM TRAIL HERITAGE CENTER

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s Writing in Response to Art program has been introducing Oklahoma 6th graders to the art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy, and the American West for six years.      

With public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (CTHC) gives 6th grade writers from Marlow, Duncan, and Empire the opportunity to hone their skills with the 2013-14 Oklahoma Poet Laureate Dr. Nathan Brown.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: OKLAHOMA CITY PHILHARMONIC

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic provides access to orchestral music and education in music performance to the Oklahoma City metro.

Society of Strings is part of the Philharmonic’s education programming and offers adults in the community  the opportunity to learn a string instrument and continue learning and developing skills through participation in an orchestra.

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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.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY

Canterbury Choral society’s mission to provide the highest quality choral music to “the broadest and most diverse audience possible” begins with students who participate in the Canterbury Youth Choruses (CYC).

CYC serves young people from over 100 school districts in central Oklahoma with curriculum designed to enhance singing skills and overall musical literacy.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: NEWVIEW OKLAHOMA

NewView Oklahoma provides year-round classes in a variety of artistic media designed to make the arts accessible to people with vision loss.

The Creative Visions program was created in partnership with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to provide audio and descriptive tours of museums and to give students in NewView classes opportunities to exhibit their artwork.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: CITYREP

The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, better knowns as CityRep, serves Oklahoma as the largest employer of professional actors in the state.  

The majority of CityRep’s productions are either world, regional, state or City premieres, including one of the first regional productions of AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY, the Tony and Pulitzer award winning Oklahoma drama.  

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: SHORTGRASS ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL

The funding of the Oklahoma Arts Council is often disbursed to organizations like the Shortgrass Arts & Humanities Council of Altus, who are able to precisely apply it to local needs.

Despite economic and geographic barriers to arts participation in southwest Oklahoma, residents are interested in and support a wide variety of arts activities, from classical to country, from cowboy art to the master painters.

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