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Oklahoma Arts Council Accepting Nominations for Oklahoma State Poet Laureate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 30, 2020) – The Oklahoma Arts Council is accepting nominations for the state’s next poet laureate through August 31, 2020. Nominations for the honorary position, appointed by the Governor, are accepted from poetry societies, libraries, local arts and humanities councils, colleges and universities, and writers’ groups.

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Oklahoma Arts Conference Rescheduled to Spring 2021

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OKLAHOMA CITY (July 16, 2020) – The Oklahoma Arts Council has rescheduled the 2020 Oklahoma Arts Conference, moving the statewide convening of artists, nonprofit administrators, community developers, educators, and others to spring 2021. The conference is now scheduled to take place in Muskogee, May 5-7.

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More Than 100 Arts Organizations to Receive Oklahoma CARES Grants

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OKLAHOMA CITY (July 8, 2020) – More than 100 nonprofit arts organizations across the state have been awarded Oklahoma CARES Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council. Through the one-time grant opportunity, over $400,000 in funding is being provided to help arts-focused nonprofits keep jobs and maintain organizational stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic, Oil Prices Lead to State Arts Cuts for FY21

The state's appropriation to the Oklahoma Arts Council for fiscal year 2021 will be $2,796,030, a reduction of four percent from the previous fiscal year. Budget cuts across state government for the fiscal year, which began July 1, are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent drop in oil prices, both of which sharply reduced revenue to the state in the spring.

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CARES Act, Other Federal Arts Funding to Benefit Oklahomans

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its direct Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for Oklahoma organizations on July 1. Offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grants will support personnel and facilities expenses.

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