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Oklahoma artist Anita Fields named a 2021 National Heritage Fellow


Oklahoma City (June 16, 2021) ­– Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee) of Stillwater has been named a 2021 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The distinction is given to master folk and traditional artists who have made significant contributions to the nation’s traditional arts heritage. Fields is the seventh Oklahoman to earn the prestigious award, the first since Wanda Jackson was awarded a fellowship in 2005.

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State Budget Includes Increase for Oklahoma Arts Council

An increase in funding for the arts in Oklahoma is part of the state's fiscal year 2022 budget, signed by Governor Stitt on May 24. The Oklahoma Arts Council will receive a state appropriation of $3,004,205 for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. The amount represents a 7.45 percent increase from the current fiscal year.


Applications for Small Grants Available as Fiscal Year Begins

Applications for funding through the Oklahoma Arts Council's Small Grant Support program are now available for programs that will take place in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. Applications are due at least 30 days in advance of the start of a program.


USDA's Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is available to assist rural communities with creative placemaking activities. Grants of up $250,000 will be provided to qualified entities for use with planning support and technical assistance.