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2023 Oklahoma Arts Conference

"Promise in the Road Ahead"

Beto Divino
Alberto “Beto Divino” Rivas is a First American Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and Chicano, involved in both local and statewide efforts in the arts, mental health, and an array of nonprofits for more than 15 years. Divino serves in a variety of roles, including public speaker, consultant, panelist, board member, writer, activist, and volunteer. For his efforts, he has been recognized with numerous accolades from local and state officials, professional groups, and media outlets, and was most recently presented with a Community Service Award during the 2021 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards. Divino serves as the Tribal Resource Project Manager for HeartLine INC., helping develop a nationwide platform to assist Tribal Nations with behavioral health and substance abuse resources.Previously, Divino spent more than 15 years as a ubiquitous presence in the Lawton Ft. Sill arts community, investing time and energy across a roster of arts organizations and cultural events. His contributions as a board member and volunteer benefited Lawton Community Theatre, International Festival, Arts for All Festival and Gala, Blue Moon Productions Theatre, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma A+ Schools, and other groups.

Beto Divino's Schedule
A Conversation with Artist Robert Peterson
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 10:15am - 11:15am
Room: Bison Room B&C
Lawton-based artist, Robert Peterson, is igniting the international art world with his contemporary figurative and portrait paintings. A self-taught artist from a very young age, art was a source of hope for Peterson, providing him with a pathway toward a successful career. Join Robert Peterson and Beto Divino for an inspiring conversation, where Robert will share his personal story about how art transformed his life.

The Keys to Sustainable Funding
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Room: Great Plains Ballroom E
In the ever-evolving world of fundraising what is it that will grab the attention of today’s donor? What should a nonprofit be focusing on to ensure sustainability? In this session, Beto Divino will engage participants to help refocus, rethink, and reimagine their approach to donor cultivation, fundraising, events, sponsorships, and more. Whether you’re an executive director, development director, board member, employee, or volunteer, this session is geared towards approaching sustainable funding in a unique and fun way.

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