The Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma will present findings from a six-month study about arts and culture on Tuesday, July 31. The meeting is from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Lyric Theatre's Plaza Theater located on NW 16th Street east of Indiana Avenue.
Many artists actively work in Central Oklahoma, creating and sharing their art, educating and leading in the community. Looking at how to support artists further, the CDC partnered with Minnesota-based Creative Community Builders to examine strengths in service and opportunities for artists of all disciplines in central Oklahoma. This consisted of interviews and focus groups with 120 artists and art administrators, advocates and educators in the central Oklahoma area. The participants represented various art forms such as dance, theater, written word, visual arts, music and film, and ethnic backgrounds such as Native American and African American artists.
The preliminary strategies build upon strengths in the community while filling in gaps in crucial areas. Ideas include projects like
- Expanding entrepreneurial skills training for artists
- Establishing regular gatherings to connect neighborhoods and artists
- Publicizing opportunities for artists.
“We know artists are an important part of our community, enriching our neighborhoods and advancing economic development. Central Oklahoma has proven that it has tremendous ability to foster and support artists of all art forms, and we want to continue doing so in ways that positively impact our communities,” said Julia Kirt, CDC board president. “We want this project to be a rewarding experience for everyone involved, and we want individuals and organizations to take an active role in ensuring that the results of this study are implemented in a way that provides real impact.“
For more information, contact Krystle Brewer, project coordinator for the CDC, at (405) 297-1741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Cultural Development Corporation
In partnership with Allied Arts.