2012 Governor's Arts Awards winners announced
Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Arts Council today announced the names of eleven individuals and eight organizations that will be honored for their contributions to the arts during the 37th Annual Governor?s Arts Awards. Read more...
Conference registration deadline nears
Just a few short weeks until the state's arts and cultural industry gathers in Oklahoma City for the 2012 Oklahoma Arts Conference! Have you registered?!
October 12 is the conference registration deadline. Also, be sure to book your hotel room by October 3 - rooms are filling up fast, so don't wait!
The 2012 Oklahoma Arts Conference is presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahomans for the Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chesapeake Energy.
List your October event for Arts & Humanities Month
October is National Arts and Humanities Month and Americans for the Arts wants you to help celebrate it. National Arts and Humanities Month is an effort to bring recognition to the importance of the arts, culture and humanities in America and encourage people to explore and participate in them.
Americans for the Arts is offering suggestions on how you can be involved in National Arts and Humanities Month. From hosting a Creative Conversation to securing a mayoral proclamation or getting media coverage of your event, help bring more awareness to the impact of the arts and humanities in our lives.
Start by listing your event on the Americans for the Arts ArtsMeet Calendar. Then, check out other ideas for celebrating Arts and Humanities Month during October.
Download the Arts and Humanities Month logo for use with your October events.
Leadership Arts applications available in November
Since 2008 the Oklahoma Arts Council has brought together 30 individuals from throughout the state each year to participate in our Leadership Arts program. The goal of the program is to cultivate and equip community arts leaders and advocates. During four two-day sessions in the spring, class members learn more about the arts' role in strengthening local economies, enriching quality-of-life and improving education. Many Leadership Arts graduates are now actively working to improve their communities through the arts.
Applications for the 2013 Leadership Arts class will be available in November. To learn more about the program, visit our Leadership Arts page.
Click here to view a list of our Leadership Arts graduates.
Governor's Arts Awards scheduled November 8
The 37th Annual Governor's Arts Awards ceremony will take place Thursday, November 8 in the fourth floor rotunda of the Oklahoma state Capitol. Join us as we celebrate the individuals and organizations whose efforts are impacting communities and schools statewide through the arts.
2012 Governor's Arts Awards honorees will be announced soon!
View some of our past Governor's Arts Award recipients.
Oklahoma City theater awarded national grant
Congratulations to Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (City Rep) for being selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the American Theatre Wing, the organization that founded the Tony Awards! City Rep is one of only ten theaters nationwide to receive the grant, given to "promising emerging theaters" around the country that have articulated a distinct mission, cultivated an audience and nurtured a community of artists.
Click here to read an article about Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's National Theatre Company grant.
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants
For cultural organizations, preserving large and diverse holdings of arts and humanities materials can be a significant challenge. The National Endowment for the Humanities' Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant is available to help organizations meet the challenge. From implementing preventative conservation measures and managing relative humidity in collection spaces, to providing protective storage and security, the grant can help organizations preserve and ensure continued access to their collections for future generations.
For more information about the grant, click here. Deadline to submit an application is December 4.
Wilson Hurley's art ushers in fall season
Four large works of art by renowned painter Wilson Hurley hang in the second floor rotunda of the Oklahoma state Capitol to celebrate Oklahoma's diverse landscape and varied weather. Dedicated in 2002, each painting in Hurley's Visions of the Land: The Centennial Suite depicts a different corner of the state. With the start of the fall season, Autumn Woods North of Tahlequah helps us welcome the cooler weather and vibrant colors of autumn!
Check out Hurley's paintings in his Visions series:
Reserve your conference hotel room by October 3
Be sure to reserve your room soon for the 2012 Oklahoma Arts Conference, coming up October 23-24. Rooms at the historic Skirvin Hilton hotel - the conference site - may be limited due to the number of people registering for the conference. The conference room rate of $132 per night is only guaranteed through October 3.
The recently restored Skirvin Hilton, located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, will provide an elegant backdrop for this year's conference. Enjoy the hotel's grand architecture, live jazz in the Red Piano Bar, proximity to the Bricktown entertainment district and the Myriad Gardens, and more.