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Oklahoma Arts Day: FAQ

May 5, 2015

Oklahoma State Capitol

Organized by Oklahomans for the Arts

What is Oklahoma Arts Day?

Oklahomans for the Arts works to increase public investment in arts and culture, public art and arts education by bringing arts advocates to the State Capitol to talk to their legislators about the importance of the arts to our lives and our economy.

Annually at least 400 arts advocates attend the event at the State Capitol, which includes meeting with legislators to ask them to support arts funding and arts education, displays by nonprofit arts organizations, performances and a kickoff rally. The event is free to attend.

Who are Oklahomans for the Arts?

Oklahomans for the Arts envisions a state where every citizen is able to experience and benefit from arts & culture. Oklahomans for the Arts is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit organization formed in 2011. Supporters and advocates include more than 3,500 business and civic leaders, educators, artists, and arts administrators across the state.

Who Attends Oklahoma Arts Day?

Attendees include artists of all kinds, arts administrators, museum leaders, board members, educators and civic leaders who support the arts. If you love arts and culture and know it makes Oklahoma better, register now!

A limited number of nonprofit arts and culture organization booths are available. In past years, we ran out of space, so please sign up early. Organizations are welcome to share table space with other groups from their area. See more information for nonprofit arts and culture organizations here.

Registration is free of charge. Attendees are welcome to drop in for part or participate in the whole day!


Why Should I Go?

Your presence shows legislators the strength of Oklahoma’s statewide arts community. You demonstrate that arts and culture leaders are watching and care how the State invests in our communities.

What are the Primary Issues?

  1. Funding for arts: The legislature likely will be negotiating the budget for the upcoming year at the time of Oklahoma Arts Day, which includes arts funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council and arts education.
  2. Relationships: We must build connections with our elected officials to prepare for future arts-friendly policy and funding.
  3. Short terms needs: We must be ever vigilant to help make the arts accessible in every corner of the state. The state projects a $611 million shortfall, which means ALL funding is under negotiation. Grants for arts and culture will be impacted.

This event is FUN, INSPIRING & IMPORTANT. Register here.

Schedule for Oklahoma Arts Day

May 5, 2015

All events at the:

Oklahoma Capitol

2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK  73105

Parking information here.

Attendees are welcome to drop in for part or participate in the whole day!

8:00 am: Registration & Coffee, 2nd Floor West Lobby

9:00 am: Kickoff Rally, State Supreme Court Ceremonial Chambers, 2nd Floor

10:00 am–3:00 pm: Visit Your Legislators

10:00 am-2:00 pm: Arts and Cultural Organization Displays Open, 4th Floor Rotunda


Also at the Capitol:

4:00-5:30 pm Celebration, Oklahoma A+ Schools, 2nd Floor

4:00-6:00 pm Artist Receptions: Shevaun Williams (Norman), Tommy Ball (Tulsa), Jenny Perry (Frederick), Capitol Galleries, Oklahoma Arts Council, 1st Floor


The night before: Join other arts advocates for social time, May 4, 8 pm at Oak & Ore, 1732 NW 16th in the Plaza District [any OK Arts Day attendee or supporter welcome]

Thanks to the Oklahoma Arts Day Committee:

Chair: Jonathan Fowler (Norman)

Marjorie Bontemp (Tulsa)

Charlie Burns (Woodward)

Mary Cline (Alva)

Rob Crissinger (Yukon)

Kay Decker (Alva)

Joann Frizzell (Tulsa)

Daniel Lay (Shawnee)

Cayla Lewis (OKC)

Taylor Maudlin (Norman)

Kyla McMoran (Norman)

Ann Neal (Miami)

Stacy Cramer Moore (Duncan)

Isaac Rocha (Tulsa)

Jessica Stout (Miami)

Lucy Swanson (Guthrie)

Angela Williams (Paoli)

Amy Young (OKC)

Thanks to the Oklahoma Arts Day Partners:


Creative Arts Enid

Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios/City of Alva’s Cultural Enterprise District

Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc

Oklahoma Community Theatre Association

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 

Sapulpa Arts


Nonprofit partnership information can be found here.

Thanks to the Oklahoma Arts Day Sponsors:


Sponsorship information can be found here.

Can’t Come in Person?

OFTA will offer ways to help if you can't visit them in person. If you aren’t able to attend, follow us on Facebook & Twitter and make sure you are on our email list to hear more. 

More Questions?


Julia Kirt, Executive Director

Nicole Palmeter, Administrative Assistant 

Updated: 4/24/15