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Wanda Jackson Becomes 13th Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

The "Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson became the 13th person designated as an Oklahoma Cultural Treasure on February 28 during the 42nd annual Governor's Arts Awards at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Governor Mary Fallin and Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples presented Jackson with a commemorative plaque to mark the designation. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson's career has influenced female artists such as Rosanne Cash, Adele, Bonnie Raitt, and Cyndi Lauper, among others.


Grant Opportunity for Administering Poetry Out Loud Contest

The Oklahoma Arts Council is seeking bids from organizations interested in administering the state's Poetry Out Loud contest. A recitation competition involving millions of students across the U.S. annually, Poetry Out Loud was launched in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.


Regional Placemaking Conference to Feature Oklahomans

Oklahomans are playing keys roles in an upcoming regional summit focused on place-based design. In addition to the Oklahoma Arts Council's serving as a partner in the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Denver, April 6-7, two Oklahoma Leadership Arts graduates will be featured as presenters.


Oklahoma Organizations Earn NEA Grants

Six Oklahoma organizations are among the latest to receive funding through National Endowment for the Arts grant programs. The federal arts agency recently announced a total investment in Oklahoma of $125,000 in this round of funding.