The mission of Allied Arts is "Enriching Our Communities Through Advancement of the Arts."
Allied Arts was formed in 1971 by corporate, civic and cultural leaders as a way for the community to come together to support and engage with central Oklahoma’s cultural groups. Allied Arts provides vital funding and resources to approximately 40 qualified arts and cultural nonprofits every year.
With Allied Arts funding, eligible nonprofit cultural organizations are in a position to offer community programming at no cost or very affordable rates to ensure heightened access to the arts for more people. Last fiscal year, Allied Arts awarded 107 unique grants providing opportunities for Oklahomans of all walks of life and in all 77 counties to experience visual art, theatre, opera, film and other art forms. On an annual basis, Allied Arts-funded programs impact the lives of approximately one million people including the hospitalized, elderly, veterans, at-risk and low-income schoolchildren, and families.
A major emphasis of Allied Arts is to ensure Oklahoma youth receive the many benefits of arts education, particularly those who might not have the opportunity to dance, sing, paint and create due to their family's financial restraints. Just last year, Allied Arts member agencies provided more than 680,000 arts experiences for Oklahoma youth in the classroom as well as at after-school sites, libraries, community centers and agency facilities.
Life Change Ballroom, an Allied Arts-funded agency, uses dance as the medium to instill self-respect, teamwork, confidence and the value of hard work among students living in one of the most impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Oklahoma City.
Within weeks of starting Life Change's in-school program, teachers report improved grades, higher class attendance rates, more respectful attitudes and enhanced self-esteem among participating students. School-wide improvements as a result of the program include lower incidents of bullying and decreased discipline referrals. Life Change's weekend program keeps children safe while out of school and builds nurturing mentorship relationships between students and dance instructors.
Celeste, a former Life Change student, has shared that without access to this experience, her life may have taken a dangerous path. Today she attends college and volunteers with the very organization that changed the course of her future.
The Opry Heritage Foundation's Granville School of Music provides quality, one-on-one music lessons for just 50 cents per class. Regular music instruction and mentorship from his teacher helped one student find his musical talent, which in turn enhanced his academic success and led to a scholarship from MIT.
Through its Page to Stage program, Oklahoma Children's Theatre places teaching artists in Title I schools, employing live theatre to enhance "reading for meaning" among second graders. Offered at no cost, the three workshops focus on vocabulary and plot in a classic children's book, culminating with a live performance of the story and a free book for each child.
Sooner Theatre provides performance opportunities for all children including developmentally-disabled youth. One mother shared that her daughter with Down syndrome finds joy and normalcy when sharing the stage with "normal" kids (who feed off her zeal for performing), proving that art can break down barriers.
As a nonprofit organization, Allied Arts uses volunteers to help with administrative projects, such as filing and sending mailings, as well as to plan and execute special events like our annual golf tournament.
Allied Arts also relies on volunteers to operate its food both during the annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City held in April. Volunteers work a 3.5-hour shift, selling Greek food specialties and interacting with Festival-goers.
With a small staff, Allied Arts can also use volunteer assistance in fundraising, graphic design and other specialized projects.
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In the Oklahoma City public school district alone, 44 art teacher positions were eliminated in the current school year. Allied Arts funding for youth arts education is critical to ensure schoolchildren continue to receive the proven benefits of long-term arts exposure, which include creative problem-solving skills, improved school attendance, higher grades and standardized test scores, and enhanced communication skills. Because schools are losing art teachers and programs, they are calling on nonprofit arts groups now more than ever to serve their students. As a result, Allied Arts has experienced a record number of requests for funding to bring the arts to youth in classrooms, after-school sites, libraries and neighborhood centers. Last year alone, Allied Arts had to make funding cuts totaling more than $105,000 in its educational outreach grant program.
With your support, Allied Arts can provide additional funds to ensure that Oklahoma youth benefit from the power of the arts.
1015 N Broadway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
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