Allied Arts kicks off 2019 campaign
On Wednesday, February 6, Allied Arts launched their 2019 campaign with the goal of raising more than $3.3 million under the leadership of campaign co-chairs Doug Stussi and John Higginbotham. Allied Arts President/CEO Deborah McAuliffe Senner welcomed more than 350 donors, volunteers, and sponsors attending the annual campaign kickoff event that took place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Allied Arts has already raised almost $1.2 million towards their $3.3 million goal.
The event featured performances from El Sistema, Life Change Ballroom, KidsAlive!, and Sooner Theatre, four of the forty-plus grantees and member agencies that receive Allied Arts funding. In addition to performing the jive, salsa and hip-hop, students from Life Change Ballroom shared personal stories of the leadership and growth they’ve experienced through the program which provides life-skills training disguised as dance instruction. Funds for these nonprofits and arts nonprofits across central Oklahoma are needed to provide free and accessible cultural programming, youth arts education in schools and community centers, and healing arts for the sick, disabled, and veterans.
In addition to the campaign goal announcement and the performances, the Honorable Frank and Mrs. Cathy Keating were introduced as the Honorary Chairs for the 2019 campaign in recognition of their lifetime philanthropic leadership and community contributions. The Honorable Frank and Mrs. Cathy Keating continue to give countless hours of service to the central Oklahoma community, and remain dedicated to Allied Arts member agencies, such as Lyric Theatre and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
“The outreach of Allied Arts-affiliated groups is happening 365 days a year, revitalizing neighborhoods, improving schools, and bringing hope and inspiration to families and individuals,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, President/CEO of Allied Arts. “Because Allied Arts does not receive city, county, state or federal funds, we rely on broad support from the entire community at all giving levels to transform lives through the arts.”
Campaign funds provide grants to more than 40 arts and cultural organizations in central Oklahoma. For Allied Arts member agencies, funds are used to offset operating costs; underwrite productions, performances and exhibits; create new programming; and provide free and affordable arts programming. Furthermore, the campaign reaches beyond member agencies by awarding grants to qualified nonprofit cultural organizations to expand the reach of arts education across the state and strengthen organizational capacities.
Just $10 provides a pair of ballet slippers for an afterschool program, while $25 underwrites 50 quality music lessons for financially disadvantaged students. A $100 donation provides visual arts programming for 15 seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Some donation levels provide benefits for the donor. Individuals donating $50 or more receive the OKCityCard, a premier entertainment discount card offering year-round savings at more than 400 arts events and activities, local retail stores and restaurants. Those donating $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 or more will receive membership in Circle Club, Allied Arts’ patron group.
For more information or to contribute, please visit alliedartsokc.com or call (405) 278-8944. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted any time.
About Allied Arts
As a United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for cultural organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating for arts education, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Since its founding in 1971, the organization has raised more than $67 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma. Learn more at AlliedArtsOKC.com.
Allied Arts contributes to approximately 40 organizations annually. Member agencies include:
- Ambassadors’ Concert Choir
- Arts Council Oklahoma City
- Canterbury Voices
- Carpenter Square Theatre
- Cimarron Opera
- deadCenter Film
- Firehouse Art Center
- Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Thelma Gaylord Academy
- Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
- Metropolitan School of Dance
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- OK City Chorus
- Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
- Oklahoma City Ballet
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- Oklahoma City Philharmonic
- Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
- Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
- Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)
- Oklahoma Youth Orchestras
- Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma
- Prairie Dance Theatre
- Red Earth, Inc.
- Science Museum Oklahoma
- The Sooner Theatre
For more information, contact Allied Arts at 405-278-8944 or visit alliedartsokc.com.