Oklahoma Arts Day 2015
As you know, I’m a huge supporter of the arts. To raise awareness among state legislators of the economic and social impact of the arts, hundreds of arts advocates from across Oklahoma will rally at the state capitol from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.
Organized by Oklahomans for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Day 2015 is a free event with live music, interactive art displays, and demonstrations to showcase the power of the arts to both the public and legislators.
Oklahoma Arts Day 2015 will kick-off at 9 a.m. with a rally in the Supreme Court Ceremonial Chamber, located on the 2nd Floor west of the rotunda. An ensemble from El Sistema Oklahoma, a free music program and ministry of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in partnership with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, will perform.
[pullquote-right]”The arts and culture sector develops communities, improves education, and grows the economy.”[/pullquote-right]“Arts and culture is a public good that benefits the entire state and merits public investment,” said Julia Kirt, executive director for Oklahomans for the Arts. “The arts and culture sector develops communities, improves education, and grows the economy.”
Representatives of more than 40 arts and cultural heritage organizations from across Oklahoma will host exhibits in the 4th Floor Rotunda. Among the list of organizations are Allied Arts, Norman Arts Council, Sapulpa Arts, 108 Contemporary, and The Arts in Guthrie. They and many others will also meet individually with elected officials to share arts-related success stories impacting their local communities.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be live music and interactive art displays and demonstrations throughout the Capitol complex. Short Order Poems will provide improvised, typewriter poetry in the 4th floor rotunda, and there will also be Capitol Art Tours of the State Art Collection & Capitol Galleries by Curator Clint Stone and Alyson Atchison. Tours will happen hourly.
More than 400 arts supporters participated in 2014.
[pullquote-right]“People understand that the arts provide inspiration and entertainment, and improve our quality of life, what we want them to know is that the arts are core to building and maintaining a vibrant economy.”[/pullquote-right]“People understand that the arts provide inspiration and entertainment, and improve our quality of life, what we want them to know is that the arts are core to building and maintaining a vibrant economy,” said Jonathan Fowler, Vice President of Operations for Fowler Holding Company and Oklahoma Arts Day Committee Chairman. “The arts provide thousands of jobs in Oklahoma, have a direct economic impact of more than $3 million, help businesses attract top talent, and have the ability to bring neighborhoods back from the dead as evidenced by development booms in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and Midtown, and the Brady Arts District and Kendall Whittier, fueled by arts-based placemaking events and initiatives.”
Formed in 2011, Oklahomans for the Arts is a statewide 501c3 organization. Supporters and advocates include more than 3,500 business and civic leaders, educators, artists, and arts administrators across the state. For more information, visit www.oklahomansforthearts.org. For words of wisdom for a successful day, read this blog post written by Oklahomans for the Arts.