Uncovering Oklahoma talks about Oklahomans for the Arts‘s event, Oklahoma Arts Day and why public funding for the arts is important with Julia Kirt (Oklahomans for the Arts), Erinn Gavaghan (Norman Arts Council), Jessica Farling (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art), and Melissa Smith (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art). It’s an inspiriting video that will be relevant past the yearly Oklahoma Arts Day.

Following the Arts Day segment is an interview with William Franklin, the owner of Tulsa retail shop that’s more of an experience, DECOPOLIS, and the Tulsa Art Deco Museum.

DECOPOLIS and Tulsa Art Deco Museum photo gallery
Statewide Statistics about the Arts

  • $1 in public funding seeds $14 in private matching funds
  • $1 in public funding investment returns $8 in tax revenue
  • In FY15, the Oklahoma Arts Council:
  • Served 89 communities in 50 counties
  • Provided 495 grants to 264 organizations and schools
  • Granted $3.3 million to help generate $47.4 million in arts programming
    (Source: Oklahoma Arts Council)

  • There are currently 920 active arts and culture nonprofit organizations in 204 communities across the state
    (Source: Oklahomans for the Arts)

  • The nonprofit arts generate a direct economic impact of $314.8 million for Oklahoma
    (Source: Oklahoma Arts Council)

  • Oklahoma is home to 5,822 arts-related businesses that employ 23,990 people
  • Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 2.9 million people
    (Source: Americans for the Arts, 2015 Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report)

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  • Dennis Spielman

    I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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