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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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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: 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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LAUNCHING ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

Beginning January 1, 2016, Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) will launch a yearlong intensive effort to gather data about Oklahoma’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. Through this effort, we’ll learn about the investments these organizations are making in Oklahoma’s economy. We’ll also assess how audiences spend their money attending cultural events around the state. The Oklahoma study is part of Americans for the Arts‘ national Arts & Economic Prosperity 5.

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50 STORIES 50 YEARS: THE GODDARD CENTER

The Goddard Center serves as a beacon of creativity throughout south central Oklahoma and as a symbol of its lively, inventive communities. The center’s hands-on art classes serve diverse populations of all ages and particularly assist rural public schools in meeting the State’s Standards for Fine Arts.

Among the counties the Goddard Center serves are two of Oklahoma’s lowest ranking counties in terms of household income and health, Jefferson and Johnston – counties and cities whose school systems would not be able to serve their students in meeting the State’s fine arts standards without the work of the Goddard Center.

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