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Notice About the Federal Government Shutdown

All eligible organizations planning on applying for Oklahoma Arts Council grant funding are encouraged to proceed with their submissions despite the federal government shutdown. Grantee organizations that will be impacted by the shutdown have been or will be directly contacted by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Should you have related questions, please contact our Grants Director.

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.


The Kerr Foundation Offers Grants for Arts

The Oklahoma-based Kerr Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational corporation, supports 501(c)(3) organizations whose programs relate to education, health, arts and culture, and human services.