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Arts in Communities

How We Can Help

The arts are an important development tool for Oklahoma communities. They impact our state and local economies, preserve our unique culture, enhance quality of life, and attract and retain a creative workforce.

The Oklahoma Arts Council serves communities by offering services, grants, and programs that cultivate and strengthen Oklahoma's arts and cultural industry. The industry has a $872.8 million economic impact on our state's economy. (Source: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations & Their Audiences in the State of Oklahoma (2017).)


For more information, please contact our Community Arts Director.


Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council have a powerful multiplying effect for communities, generating $12 in private-sector contributions for every $1 granted. Without our funding many arts programs in the state would not be possible. Grants for arts programs in communities are listed below:

Rural Arts Opportunity Grants
Available to organizations in select counties, Rural Arts Opportunity Grants provide up to $5,000 to support capacity-building and professional development activities, and learning-based or audience-based arts programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Community Arts Grants
Arts programs such as festivals, exhibits and performances are significant contributors to economic development, culture and quality of life in Oklahoma. Community Arts Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council help eligible organizations and entities provide the *festivals, exhibits and performances that impact their communities. (*Festivals must feature the arts as a central component).

Arts Learning in Communities Grants
Arts Learning in Communities grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council allow people of all ages opportunities for hands-on learning in the arts. From children to older adults to individuals with disabilities, community-based arts learning programs benefit Oklahomans throughout the state.

Oklahoma Arts and the Military Grants
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support learning-based and audience-based programs that serve primarily individuals who are connected to the military. Military-connected individuals include active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and immediate family members and caregivers.

Arts in Alternative Education Community Partnerships
New for 2022-23 school year, nonprofit arts organizations can apply for up to $25,000 to provide arts programming, training, and more at alternative education school sites as identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Proposals are due September 1, 2022.

For more information, please contact our Community Arts Director.