Reasons for Optimism in 2021
by Amber Sharples, Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director
There has been no shortage of humorous and ironic social media posts about the end of 2020 as Oklahomans are ready to move beyond what has been a difficult year. Challenges confronting our sector won't magically disappear in 2021, but there are reasons for optimism.
Classroom Supply Grants Available
The Oklahoma Arts Council has opened its second round of Classroom Supply Grants for Visual and Performing Arts for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools that did not apply for funding through the program in fall 2020 may apply for up to $500 to purchase qualifying visual and performing arts supplies. Applications are due February 1.
$100,000 Available to Support Digital Strategies
Oklahoma is one of five states where cultural organizations are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 through the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation's new Digital Changemaker Grant program.
COVID Crisis Grants Available from Red Dirt Relief Fund
A new grant from Red Dirt Relief Fund can provide up to $1,000 in aid to Oklahoma music professionals. The organization's COVID Crisis Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis to assist those facing immediate housing, food, medical, or transportation insecurity.