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Oklahoma Arts Council News

January 2012

Council Announces Members of State's 2012 Leadership Arts Class

For Immediate Release

Oklahoma City -
The Oklahoma Arts Council today announced the names of 33 individuals from 21 communities throughout the state that will participate in its 2012 Leadership Arts program. Members will participate in sessions that will equip them to become community arts leaders. Read more....

Major Grant Support Applications Due February 1

February 1 is the application deadline for organizations applying for Major Grant Support from the Oklahoma Arts Council. Organizations must be eligible in the category to apply. Support materials for all projects should be postmarked no later than the February 1 deadline.

For more information about grant opportunities, funding levels, and eligibility visit our Arts in Communities or Arts in Schools pages.

If you have questions please contact Meleia Williamson, grants director at (405) 521-2040 or

Community Engagement Grants from Mid-America

Nonprofit presenting organizations that offer a performance series, community outreach, and educational programming may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 through a program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. The M-AAA will soon begin accepting applications for its Community Engagement with Touring Artists program. The program is designed to accommodate a presenting series, build new audiences, and deepen the impact of the touring performing arts.

Be sure to check their website soon for application deadlines and details!

Network Offers Resources for Teaching Artists

If you ask any artist to think back to when they were a child, they can usually recall a teaching artist who made a positive impact on them. In Oklahoma, we are fortunate to have many excellent teaching artists who share their great talents through arts education. So, how do we ensure our teaching artists have the resources and support they need to continue offering high caliber instruction to Oklahomans of all ages?

A statewide advisory committee is addressing this question. The committee is considering at ways to expand the Oklahoma Teaching Artist Network, a network that offers ongoing professional development for teaching artists of all disciplines and experience...

Read more about the Teaching Artist Network's plans to serve teaching artists statewide

Upcoming Teaching Artist Toolbox:
"Creative Aging" - resources for artists who are interested in working with older adults
Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m.
Village Library in Oklahoma City (map)

To learn more visit the Oklahoma Teaching Artist Network page on Facebook or contact Molly O'Connor at (405) 521-2025 or

How to Develop an Arts Education Program

Did you know the Oklahoma Arts Council has an online guide to walk you through the steps of creating an arts education program? With a solid plan for developing your program you not only increase your chances at receiving grant funding, you enhance the learning experience for your students.

Here are 8 important steps in developing a successful program.

Step one = identify your audience
Step two = assess audience needs
Step three = identify available resources
Step four = brainstorm and formulate your ideas
Step five = contact and meet your artist(s)
Step six = identify key learning goals and learning activities
Step seven = develop an assessment strategy
Step eight = build your budget

Two NEA Grant Deadlines Approaching

Oklahoma arts and cultural organizations are strongly encouraged to apply for grants available from the National Endowment for the Arts. The federal agency offers significant funding opportunities that can benefit your organization, your community, and our state.

Two NEA grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines include:

  • Our Town grants

    • $25,000-$150,000

    • March 1 deadline

    • for community development and 'creative placemaking' projects

  • Art Works grants

    • $10,000-$100,000

    • March 8 deadline

    • for arts related projects focusing on creating art, engaging the public, providing learning opportunities, or contributing to improving the liveability of communities

The NEA offers these and other grants that organizations should consider. Click here to learn more about NEA funding opportunities.