State Increases Investment in Arts
The state's investment in the arts through the Oklahoma Arts Council is increasing by 4 percent for fiscal year 2020. On May 24, Governor Stitt signed the next state budget bill into law, bringing the Oklahoma Arts Council's state appropriation to $2,912,351. The budget goes into effect July 1, 2019.
New Oklahoma Arts Disaster Resource Page
The Oklahoma Arts Council has launched a new webpage with helpful information for artists and arts organizations affected by this spring's inclement weather. The Oklahoma Arts Disaster Resource Page features a mix of resources from national and local entities designed to help members of the state arts industry preserve their assets or recover their livelihoods following emergencies.
Oklahoma Organizations Awarded NEA Grants
The latest round of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant investments in Oklahoma will total $783,650. Announced May 15, the funding will benefit four organizations, including the Oklahoma Arts Council as the state NEA partner.
CIRD Can Aid Rural Oklahoma Placemaking Efforts
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is currently accepting applications for its 2019 program. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CIRD provides funding, training, and design workshops for towns with populations of 50,000 or less.