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October 2013

Registration Deadline October 15

Tuesday, October 15, is the deadline to register for the 2013 Oklahoma Arts Conference. Registration for the event is $125. Two days of professional development, networking opportunities and events are in store for more than 300 Oklahomans working in the arts and cultural industry when we convene in Ardmore. Join us as we take a look at "Homegrown Culture" during this year's conference.

Chickasaw Cultural Tour

Limited availability remains for the special pre-conference Chickasaw Cultural Tour, which will take place on Tuesday, October 22. Cost for the tour is $30. Don't wait! Register and sign-up for the pre-conference soon.

Bring a Can of Food, Win Original Artwork

Bring a can of food to the conference and receive a entry into a raffle to win original artwork! The Oklahoma Arts Council is partnering with Governor Mary Fallin's office to help with her Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive to aid hungry Oklahoma families. As you prepare for the conference, remember to pack your can of food to help make a difference.

Register for the 2013 Oklahoma Arts Conference.

View the conference schedule.

2013 Governor's Arts Awards Set for November 13

The 38th annual Governor's Arts Awards will take place Wednesday, November 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma state Capitol. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state.

Governor Mary Fallin will present the 2013 awards during a special ceremony in the fourth floor rotunda of the Capitol. A reception in the first floor rotunda will follow. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

Stay tuned for an announcement of 2013 Governor's Arts Awards recipients. Join us November 13 at the Capitol to recognize this year's honorees!

Visit the Governor's Arts Awards page for more information.

'Tweet-Up' Event for Emerging Arts Leaders

Learn how you can be a part of the next wave of arts leadership in our state during an ONEAL Tweet-Up event on Sunday, October 6. Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on the patio at Empire Slice House in Oklahoma City's Plaza District where you will hear from Jonathan Fowler (@fowwow on Twitter), a local businessman and member of our 2013 Leadership Arts class, who will talk about using social media to connect with other emerging arts leaders around the state. The event will feature live music by Chelsey Cope (@chelseyrcope) and the music group Idabel (@idabelmusic).

ONEAL (Oklahoma's New and Emerging Arts Leaders) is a free statewide network for arts leaders age 35 and younger or with less than five years of experience in the arts. The network provides resources, peer support and mentorship opportunities to emerging leaders statewide. Click here to learn more.

Connect with ONEAL on Twitter @ONEALNetwork.

Leadership Arts 2014 Applications Available Soon

Apply to be a part of our next Leadership Arts class and join a growing number of arts leaders and advocates in communities throughout Oklahoma. The online application form will be available starting October 15.
Class members participate in two-day sessions in February, March, April and May. A special graduation ceremony is held during the Oklahoma Arts Conference in the fall. Each session is held in a different Oklahoma community. Participants take part in group work, panel discussions and community tours as they learn how the arts play an important role in Oklahoma's economy, education and quality of life. Past graduates include staff and board members of arts organizations, artists, mayors, city planners, community volunteers, educators and others.

Click here to learn about Leadership Arts. The online application will be available October 15.

View a list of past Leadership Arts graduates.

New Music USA Project Grants

Individuals and organizations can apply for grants ranging from $250 to $20,000 to support a wide range of new music projects through New Music USA Project Grants. Projects can include live performances or recordings. Emphasis is placed on:

  • The creation of new music

  • New live music for dance

  • Recording costs

  • Residency and community outreach activities

New Music USA provides over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation of new work and community building throughout the country. Deadline for New Music USA Project Grant applications is November 4.

Click here for grant guidelines.

NEA Releases 'Our Town' Funding Guidelines

Two Oklahoma projects have been recent beneficiaries of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grants. A new opportunity is now available to bring $25,000 to $200,000 in funding to your community.
Our Town grants are awarded for creative and innovative placemaking projects that involve collaborations between nonprofit organizations, local governments, foundations, artists, design professionals, local businesses, educational instutitions and/or others. Oklahoma projects that have earned Our Town grants include:

  • A $50,000 grant for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust for programming at the new Guthrie Green.

  • A $50,000 grant for the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma City's creation of a comprehensive public art master plan.

Click here to learn more about Our Town grants, including the types of projects that can be funded. Deadline to apply is January 13, 2014.

Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month in October

October is National Arts & Humanities Month and the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahoma Humanities Council are asking for your help in bringing awareness to the celebration. Here's how you can help create a national, state and local focus on the importance of the arts and humanities:

  • Use the National Arts & Humanities Month logo on your October programs/event publicity

  • Announce Arts & Humanities Month to attendees at your event

  • Mention Arts & Humanities Month during media interviews

  • Include it in your social media posts (hashtag #NAHM)

For more ideas, click here.

New Art on Display at the State Capitol

Two new exhibitions have opened at the state Capitol, including works by Guthrie artist Larry Layton and Okmulgee's Anne Spoon. Learn what inspired each artist's exhibit:

  • Layton cites his "deep awe and love for the natural world" as inspiration for his art. He regularly spends time outdoors painting landscapes. Learn more about Layton's exhibit.

  • Spoon's exhibit focuses on the residents of her community. She spent a year allowing the public to sign up or wonder in to her studio to have their portrait painted. During four-hour sessions, Spoon was given the opportunity to listen to each person's story, gaining a "sense of pride in the place I call home." Learn more about Spoons' exhibit.