Updates on the Legislative Session
House Bill 3028
A bill to consolidate the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahoma Historical Society with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to form the Department of Tourism, History and Cultural Affairs was narrowly approved in a House committee, with a vote of six to five. The bill follows a proposal made by the Governor in her executive budget, released in early February at the start of the 2014 legislative session. The bill may now be considered by the full House of Representatives. If approved, it would then go to a Senate committee for consideration. Learn more about House Bill 3028.
House Bill 2850
A bill (HB 2850) that would have defunded the Oklahoma Arts Council over the course of four years did not make it out of its committee of origin and will not be considered during the remainder of the legislative session.
Grantees: Are You Using Our Logo and Ads?
From your fliers to your print ads and websites, the marketing of your programs that are funded by Oklahoma Arts Council grant funding should reflect the role of public funding in helping to make them happen. By consistently including our current logo, you are helping to ensure that the public is aware of the impact of the state's investment in the arts in their communities.
Organizations receiving support in the Major Grant and Organizational Support categories should also include one of our ads in their printed programs. Click here to access our ads and logos.
Six Leadership Arts Classes Come Together for First Time
After six years and 176 graduates, a reunion of Leadership Arts class members was in order. Reunions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City in late January and early February gave graduates from six classes their first opportunities to come together and discuss their arts-related leadership efforts in their communities. Click here to read more.
You're Invited! Allan Houser Event at the Capitol
Members of Oklahoma's arts community along with elected officials and the public are invited to a special event at the Oklahoma state Capitol on Monday, March 10. Join us from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Capitol's first floor rotunda to celebrate and learn about one of Oklahoma's most revered figures in the arts, Allan Houser. The event will include a reception, live flute music and a special recognition of the Houser family by the Native American legislative caucus. Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn will lead a tour of the exhibit beginning at 4 p.m..