An Inspired Outlook for the Arts in Oklahoma in 2019
By Amber Sharples, Executive Director
Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have been privileged to support Governor-elect Kevin Stitt and his team in their preparations for the January 14 inaugural event at the Oklahoma State Capitol. As that event nears, we are reminded that in February, members of the Oklahoma State Legislature—many of whom are new legislators—will convene for the 2019 legislative session.
Report Details Inequalities in Oklahoma Fine Arts Education
A new report published by the Oklahoma Policy Institute highlights the ways in which fine arts education is not equitably available to students across Oklahoma. In her December 2018 article about the report, author Rebecca Fine noted that budgets for fine arts education have been hit especially hard during recent years of reduced education funding in Oklahoma. Cuts come amid growing school enrollment.
Nominate Students, Educators for Arts Excellence Awards
Applications for the 2019 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence are now available from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Applications are due March 1, 2019.