Danielle Ezell, Interim Executive Director
Kristen Swartley, Administrative Assistant

Julia Kirt at Arts Day 2018

Julia Kirt at Arts Day 2018


Board of Directors

Governor bill anoatubby, Chickasaw nation, ada
billie barnett, tulsa
bill cameron, Oklahoma City
Matt Cole, Guthrie
Ryan Cunningham, Oklahoma City
Nance Diamond, Shawnee
C. Kendric Fergeson, Altus
Russ Florence, Oklahoma City
Debbie Forshee, Edmond
Linda Frazier, Tulsa
Jeff Greenlee, Altus
Will Jones, Deer Creek
Kym Koch Thompson, oklahoma City
Holbrook Lawson, Tulsa
Roxana Lorton, Tulsa
Vince LoVoi, Tulsa
Melvin Moran, SEMINOLE
Larry Nichols, Oklahoma City
James Pickel, Oklahoma City
Joy Reed Belt, PhD, Oklahoma City
Suzanne Tate, Oklahoma City
Chuck Thompson, Norman
James R Tolbert III, Oklahoma City (CHAIR)
Peggy Wisdom, MD, Alva



Oklahomans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that advocates for public investments in the arts, culture and arts education in Oklahoma. 

In May 2011, a group of business executives and civic leaders created Oklahomans for the Arts. OFTA is the first nonprofit in Oklahoma whose primary mission is formal advocacy for public funding for the arts, culture and arts education in Oklahoma. We are part of a nationwide network that includes nearly 40 state arts advocacy organizations. Our primary area of support is the Oklahoma Arts Council.

OFTA is an affiliate member of: