Oklahomans for the Arts Candidate Survey

Special Elections 2017

Please respond by June 14th to have your results included in our report ahead of the vote on July 11th.
With any questions, please contact Elizabeth Sidler, Office Administrator, at esidler@ok4arts.org.

Name *
What arts & culture activities have you attended, participated in, or supported in the last year? *
BACKGROUND: Oklahoma’s more than 530 nonprofit arts & cultural organizations provide access to arts and support communities in every corner of the state with an estimated $314.8M impact on the economy. Also, the arts industry plays an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. Duns and Bradstreet reports more than 6,300 arts-related businesses employ 24,600 individuals. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the backbone agency for this industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the state agency that leads, cultivates and supports a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans. In the past year, the Arts Council provided 553 grants to 301 organizations and schools, developed infrastructure though leadership programs and the statewide arts conference, and preserved our cultural heritage.
BACKGROUND: In the almost 50 years since its inception, the Oklahoma Arts Council has developed an enviable national reputation for the effectiveness of its funding, objectivity of its grant programs and the efficiency of its staff. As an independent agency, the Arts Council receives federal matching funds and regional services because of the state’s appropriation.
BACKGROUND: Research shows arts education improves students’ self-confidence, communication and problem-solving skills and overall academic performance. Learning in the arts helps every individual develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary for the ever-changing workplace.