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Oklahoma Arts Council News

July 2011

Capitol Artwork Featured in The Oklahoman

The art of the Oklahoma State Capitol received special attention in the Sunday, July 10 issue of The Oklahoman. Centered on how the Capitol art tells Oklahoma's story through works depicting its people, events, and natural resources, several articles with photos were included.

Coverage also focused on how teachers can use online resources available from the Oklahoma Arts Council to devise lesson plans in history and art, and how Capitol Art Travel Subsidies available through the Council can provide travel reimbursement for schools to bring students to the Capitol.

Click here to read The Oklahoman's story, 'Capitol art collection aims to educate'.

Other stories from the July 10 issue of The Oklahoman:
'Murals tell story of Oklahoma's beginnings'
'Can't miss' attractions at the State Capitol'

2011 Governor's Arts Awards Nominations

The Oklahoma Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 36th Annual Governor's Arts Awards. Submissions will be accepted through August 5. The awards honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state.

"I encourage Oklahomans statewide to nominate the dedicated and deserving individuals, businesses, government leaders and organizations whose efforts have strengthened our communities and schools through the arts," said executive director, Suzanne Tate.

Submissions can be made online or by downloading and returning a nomination form. Click on either link for full details and award categories.

Submit an online nomination - or -
Download a nomination form.

See previous recipients here.

New Oklahoma Arts Council Website

After months of research, discussion, and design the Oklahoma Arts Council will unveil its new website on July 15. The new site will introduce a more user-friendly, dynamic interface we think will serve you better. Some changes you'll likely notice include:

  • an overall emphasis on why the arts matter
  • information about how we can help you develop your arts program, organization, and community
  • a new "Our Programs" section with information about the Oklahoma Arts Conference, Governor's Arts Awards, Leadership Arts, and more
  • quick links to helpful statewide, regional, and national art networks
  • more visuals, fewer words
With our updated site we hope to better meet your needs and continue to lead in the development of the arts and culture so vital to Oklahoma's economy, education and quality of life.

Updated Logo to Enhance Visibility

If you've been to our Facebook page you've likely noticed a subtle, but important difference in the Oklahoma Arts Council logo. In conjunction with the new Council website, our freshly updated logo is an important step to better informing Oklahomans about who we are and what we do. While we've retained our logo's most recognizable visual element - the scripted "Arts" - our new logo better emphasizes our agency name.

In a few short weeks the new logo will available for organizations across Oklahoma to download to use with marketing and promotional materials. As a reminder to organizations whose programs we support through public funds, Council guidelines do require our logo or agency name be used when marketing your programs - print, radio, or otherwise. This policy helps the public better understand how our funding makes the arts accessible to all Oklahomans, impacting our communities and improving students' education. Help us get that message out!

The new Oklahoma Arts Council logo will be available July 15.

Preparing for the State Capitol's 100th Anniversary

by Amber Sharples, Visual Arts Director/Collections Manager
In three short years, the State of Oklahoma will mark the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of our state's Capitol building. Constructed from 1914 to 1917 in the classic Greco-Roman style, the Capitol is home to more than 100 murals, paintings, and sculptures that adorn its interior and grounds.

As the centennial celebration of the State Capitol quickly approaches, the Oklahoma Arts Council has focused its efforts as Collections Manager to review the care, management, and preservation of state-owned artwork in the public areas. The Council was recently awarded $6,840 from Heritage Preservation for a conservation assessment for the State Capitol and the collections on exhibit in this historic structure, including the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection and the Oklahoma State Art Collection. Read more about the Council's role in preserving the Capitol.

M-AAA Grants Available for Performances

Looking to bring in top-notch performing artists for your program or community? Through the Regional Touring Program, the Mid-America Arts Alliance provides funding for organizations interested in hiring touring artists from regional states.

Through August 31 eligible organizations can apply for programs that will occur between October 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Click here for program and eligibility guidelines, or to learn about artists available through the program.

Check Your IRS Nonprofit Status - 275,000 Organizations Lose Exemption

Oklahoma nonprofit arts organizations are strongly encouraged to check their IRS nonprofit status to ensure they are not one of the 275,000 organizations nationwide that recently had their tax-exempt, nonprofit status revoked. Organizations appearing on the list are those that failed to file annual notices as required by the IRS.

Because of Oklahoma Arts Council guidelines, organizations that have lost their nonprofit status will not be eligible for Council funding until such time as their nonprofit status is reinstated.

If your organization does appear on the list the IRS does allow for the opportunity to have your tax-exempt, nonprofit status reinstated.

We strongly recommended that organizations sign up for IRS emails regarding exempt organizations.

Click here to see the list of revoked organizations.