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Applications Open for 2020 Leadership Arts Program


OKLAHOMA CITY (November 4, 2019) – The Oklahoma Arts Council is accepting applications for the 2020 Leadership Arts program through November 29. The program provides training for individuals working in arts and non-arts fields who are interested in learning how to use the arts to strengthen Oklahoma communities and schools.

Thirty individuals from across the state will be selected to participate in Leadership Arts, with curriculum focusing on the arts’ role in economic development, education, and quality of life. Diversity in cultural and geographic representation is emphasized in order to realize the full potential of the program.

Class members attend four two-day sessions in the spring where they participate in hands-on learning, group work, panel discussions, and tours of local art spaces. Each session takes place in a different location across Oklahoma. Participants learn about the cultural assets unique to each community. Class members must attend all sessions and the Oklahoma Arts Conference in the fall where they graduate from Leadership Arts during a special ceremony.

2020 Leadership Arts sessions will take place February 27-28 at the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf; March 26-27 in Durant; April 30-May 1 in Ponca City; and, May 28-29 in Oklahoma City. The 2020 Oklahoma Arts Conference will take place October 14-16 in Muskogee.

Tuition for Leadership Arts is $499 per person. Tuition covers all sessions, curriculum, tours, and registration for the Oklahoma Arts Conference. Participants are responsible for their travel, lodging, and food. Financial support for related expenses may be available. Information about financial assistance is available on the Oklahoma Arts Council website at

Applications for 2020 Leadership Arts are available at For more information, contact Molly O’Connor at (405) 521-2013 or

About the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages the art collections at the Oklahoma state Capitol. Additional information is available at


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