In Oklahoma City, the arts nonprofit community has long been at the very center of what makes this region thrive. Oklahoma City is home to every type of art – from visual to performing and everything in between. Luckily for our arts organizations, they have a great advocate in their corner. Allied Arts ensures a vibrant and sustainable arts community by supporting 40 local arts groups in the Greater Oklahoma City area.
In addition to providing Oklahoma City residents the opportunity to experience art in the form of exhibits, performances and more, Allied Arts organizations also connect people in vulnerable populations with the healing that only artistic expression can provide. Some examples of this arts outreach include the work of deadCenter, an organization that travels across Oklahoma to lead free film classes in high schools and community centers. The Oklahoma City Ballet, more traditionally known for its classical ballet performances, also hosts an adaptive dance program for children ages 8-12 of varying physical and developmental abilities. And the Firehouse Art Center in Norman uses its funding to provide a special visual arts program for full-time residents of the Norman Veterans Center.
This small sample of the positive impact arts organizations have on Greater Oklahoma City illustrates why this sector of the nonprofit community is so critical to the region’s overall wellbeing. Like many nonprofits, they have been impacted by the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, and they need our support. Consider donating to The Central Oklahoma Arts Relief Fund to help arts nonprofits in their time of need. Allied Arts will use these funds to award relief grants to nonprofits who need the funds to retain core functions and staff, make up for financial losses and cover unexpected expenses. Visit alliedartsokc.com/covid19 to make a donation or to learn more.