Oklahoma Arts Day
Community leaders from across Oklahoma will rally at the State Capitol from 9 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to raise awareness among state legislators of the economic and social impact of state funding for the arts in urban and rural communities.
Organized by Oklahomans for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Day will kick-off at 9 am with Advocacy Training, including options for the new and experienced advocates, followed by a kickoff rally in the 2nd Floor Rotunda.
“The arts in Oklahoma provide jobs, stimulate the economy and fuel the quality of life that makes employees and companies want to stay in our communities. It’s hard to imagine Oklahoma without its street festivals, cultural events, performances and visual art that make up life in Oklahoma, but it’s these very things that help our state attract and retain jobs,” said event co-chair Kristen Vails, Director of Community Outreach at Fowler Holding Company.
“Since the creation of our cultural district initiative five years ago, the arts have catalyzed an economic vitality in our historic downtown square commercial district. The citizens of Alva and the surrounding region have benefited significantly from our focus on the arts as an economic driver in our community,” said co-chair Dr. Kay Decker, Chair of Sociology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Following the 10:30 am rally, arts advocates will meet in person with officials to share the positive impact of arts and culture funding on their local communities.
Live music and interactive art displays will be part of the Capitol throughout the day. There will also be guided tours of the state art collection each hour.
The event is free and open to the public.