Recent Recipients: Spring 2022

Agency
Project description
Award
A to Z Productions/The Norman Philharmonic
Produce Martin Luther King Celebration Concerts for Norman public school students and the community at large
5000
Arts Council Oklahoma City
Provide the visual arts curriculum at Western Gateway Elementary
6000
Canterbury Voices
For the youth choir to perform at the Oklahoma Music Educators' Association Conference and to purchase a set of choir chimes
4680
Carpenter Square Theatre
Transport high school students from Title I schools to the theatre to view live performances
5200
Central Oklahoma Solfa Youth Chorus
Keep tuition costs low and affordable for students to participate in one of three youth choral groups
3500
Edmond Fine Arts Institute
Provide weekly art classes at all Edmond public elementary third and fourth grade classrooms
9996
El Sistema Oklahoma
Underwrite El Sistema's Spring Concert and subsidize the cost of student chamber group performances in the community
6000
Firehouse Art Center
Provide weekly youth classes during the school year in a variety of mediums
5000
Lyric Theatre
Offer scholarships for children from low-income families to enroll in Thelma Gaylord Academy classes
5000
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Provide scholarships for youth to enroll in afterschool classes, keep tuition low and engage in community outreach
3500
Metropolitan School of Dance
Offer a three-day residency project which brings a visiting master artist to local Title I schools
5500
NAMRON Players Theatre
Lead a two-weekend teaching high school students methods to create characters and draft a theatre script
2500
OKC Philharmonic
Support the Youth Concert Series which transports children to the Civic Center Music Hall for a live performance
5000
Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
Supply scholarships for low-income families to enroll their children in camps and classes
6500
Oklahoma City Ballet
Remove barriers of participation in dance for low-income youth by providing onsite instruction at schools, Boys & Girls Club sites and libraries
5000
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Provide monthly enrichment sessions in the visual arts to youth and teen patients at SSM Behavioral Health
4550
Oklahoma Contemporary
Support the Teen Arts Council which employs teenagers from diverse backgrounds to plan arts programming for fellow teens
4150
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Teach students statewide about Will Rogers through virtual lessons for the classroom
2400
Oklahoma Shakespeare
Introduce families to Shakespeare through the Fall Children's Festival
5100
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
Provide financial assistance for children from low-income families to participate in orchestral training
5000
Opry Heritage Foundation
Support Granville Community Music School which provides quality music lessons to students from low-income families
5500
Painted Sky Opera
Bring live opera into central Oklahoma schools to introduce the art form and tell stories through opera
5
Paseo Arts Association
Offer monthly art classes to military personnel and their families
5300
Prairie Dance Theatre
Provide weekly class instruction during the school day at four underserved OKCPS elementary schools
5000
Red Earth
Hold a new Youth PowWow as part of the Fallfest event at the Myriad Gardens
5000
Sooner Theatre
Purchase material for student performer costumes
1000
deadCenter Film
Support Continuum, deadCenter’s year-round educational and cultural programming
5000

Recent Recipients: Spring 2022

Agency
Project description
Award
Carpenter Square Theatre
Purchase technology for sound, light and artist communication during performances at the new theatre
4540
Edmond Fine Arts Institute
Renovate the organization's theatre to launch a new film program including youth classes and free monthly screenings
4000
El Sistema Oklahoma
Hire former El Sistema students to teach current students, hire a family advocate for Spanish-speaking families, and provide training and materials to establish a mentorship program between older and younger students
5000
Lyric Theatre
Attend the Spring 2023 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference
1425
Metropolitan School of Dance
Attend the National Dance Education Organization Conference
4
OK Shakespeare
Fund Actors' Equity Association salaries for a local actor and stage manager to work on a production of Hamlet
5000
OKC Ballet
Enhance digital communications by enrolling in an online digital marketing certification course and purchasing two iMacs to produce digital and video content
5000
Oklahoma Children's Theatre
Contract a part-time resident scenic artist for school-break camps, classes, workshops and performances
5000
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Attend the AICPA & CIMA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference
2530
Oklahoma City Repertory Theater
Contract with a local HR consulting firm to provide expertise on HR issues
5000
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Attend the Mountain Plains Museum Association Annual Conference
1615
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Employ four former OVAC grantees as mentors to current grant awardees during their year-long art projects
5000
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
Hire a non-profit accounting consultant to transition accounting practices from a cash basis to accrual basis
1050
Oklahomans for the Arts
Create a new program utilizing Leadership Arts graduates to serve as advocates across the state
3000
Painted Sky Opera
Contract with a local arts marketing specialist to create a strategic communications plan
5000
Prairie Dance Theatre
Hire a local consultant to develop and help implement a communications, marketing and engagement plan
5000
Red Earth
Purchase two strassa pedestals to exhibit delicate art objects from the Red Earth Art Collection
2000
Sooner Theatre
Purchase lightweight, portable and sturdy ballet barres
5000
deadCenter Film
Work with a facilitator who will lead the board and staff to create a new strategic plan
5000
grant programs

Our grant programs help ensure a dynamic and sustainable cultural community in central Oklahoma.

For more information, please email jennifer.bryan@alliedartsokc.com.

Educational Outreach

Deadline - January 13, 2023

Our Educational Outreach program supports a variety of nonprofit arts organizations dedicated to Oklahoma youth. Through programming and outreach, we provide arts experiences for underserved K-12 students. With community-wide support, we are working to broaden our reach to veterans, hospitalized adults, developmentally disabled adults and beyond - from bringing teaching artists into underserved schools to creating programming for organizations who strictly work with communities of color.

Cash grants and Hobby Lobby store gift cards are available. Organizations of all budget sizes can apply for up to $5,000 in cash grants. Hobby Lobby card distributions will be in addition to the cash award maximum amount.

Allied Arts member agencies as well as other nonprofit arts organizations are eligible for the Educational Outreach Program.

Corporate Partners

The Allied Arts 2022-2023 Educational Outreach program is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations:

  • Altar'd State
  • Bowen Foundation
  • Catalyst
  • ChappelWood Financial Services
  • Dobson Family Foundation
  • Flogistix
  • Hobby Lobby
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kimray
  • Mabrey Bank
  • OU Health
  • UMB Bank
  • ChappelWood Financial Services
  • Compellier
  • Dobson Family Foundation
  • Flogistix
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Hobby Lobby
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kimray
  • Oklahoma Natural Gas
  • UMB Bank
GRANT IMPACT - EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH
Norman Firehouse Art Center provides arts experiences for local students.

Norman Firehouse Art Center

“The art program benefits student behavior dramatically. It produces the kind of thinkers that we want in our schools and our communities.”
Olivia Dean
Principal at Lincoln Elementary School
Western Gateway students create art through Arts Council OKC’s Arts in Schools program
Science Museum Oklahoma
Canterbury Youth Voices

Capacity-Building Grants

Deadline - January 13, 2023

The Allied Arts Capacity-Building program helps nonprofit arts and cultural organizations grow stronger, so they can fulfill their missions and better serve their constituents.

Organizations can apply for up to $5,000 with no matching component, and Allied Arts will consider fully funding project requests. An organization with an annual operating budget of $500,000 or more is limited to one request per Allied Arts fiscal year.

Projects that will produce more concrete results and impact will be given priority. For professional development requests, priority will be given to opportunities within the state of Oklahoma and surrounding region. Each year, a variety of projects are funded – from organizational training and board development to volunteer management, strategic planning and other professional development opportunities.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee funding. Funds are limited.

Allied Arts member agencies and other nonprofit arts organizations are eligible. Applicants must have an updated profile on Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s GiveSmartOKC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Allied Arts will also consider capacity-building requests such as:

Supporting collaborations between established cultural nonprofits and emerging groups

Funding projects that address racial, social, gender injustice through the arts

Operating expenses for organizations led by people of color and serving communities of color

COVID Support

Many organizations have been faced with unique post-COVID challenges. Allied Arts will consider requests to help navigate concerns such as:

Filling full-time, part-time, contract and seasonal staff openings

Employing artists to conduct programming

Equipment and tools to provide virtual/remote programming, events and activities

Capital requests to conduct programming outdoors

Modifications to facilities to conduct indoor programming safely

GRANT IMPACT - CAPACITY BUILDING
The Allied Arts Capacity-Building program helps art nonprofits invest in technology resources to bring arts experiences beyond the walls of their facilities and directly into communities.

Oklahoma Contemporary

"Without the funding from the Allied Arts Capacity-Building grant, we would not have been able to set aside funds to support permanent live-stream studio classes."
Oklahoma Contemporary
Capacity-Building Evaluation Report
A family enjoys the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Shakespeare
Microphones purchased with Allied Arts capacity building funding
Photo Credit Artist Kyndall Rainey with her artwork display participating in OVAC’s OK Art Crawl

Allocations

The window to submit allocations applications will open in January 2023.

Annually, Allied Arts distributes campaign funds to its member agencies through the allocations process. Agencies utilize these funds for a host of needs – from offsetting administrative costs to bringing world-renowned exhibits and performances to central Oklahoma. This program is only open to the 25 Allied Arts member agencies.

OKCPHIL performs at Scissortail Park
GRANT IMPACT - ALLOCATIONS
The Plaza District is a great example of neighborhood revitalization through the arts.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

“Before Lyric came, the Plaza District was empty. The soul of the city happens when you leave your home and you engage with your neighbors, and that’s what live theater always does.”
Michael Baron
Producing Artist Director
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE GRANTS PROGRAM

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide quality arts and cultural programming to the community
  • Be a nonprofit arts organization, tax-exempt corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (have current 501(c)(3) status)
  • Be established and functional for at least three years
  • Have current financials and an active, volunteer board of directors
  • Have headquarters in central Oklahoma (defined by the 10-county area including the counties of Oklahoma, Kingfisher, Logan, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Cleveland, McClain, Grady and Canadian)
  • Have current registration as a charitable organization with the State of Oklahoma
  • Be self-identified as “Arts, Culture, and Humanities” using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities system
For more information, please email jennifer.bryan@alliedartsokc.com.
If an applicant or grantee – or representatives of an organization – defames the name of Allied Arts, Allied Arts reserves the right to deny funding for a new request or pull funding from a previously-funded request.