The Oklahoma Arts Council, which I have selected to analyze and create a business card for, also happens to be the organization I will be interning for this summer.Thus, I used this opportunity to familiarize myself a little more with the goals and history of this organization.
The mission of the OkAC, found on their website, is as follows: “To lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.” This is done through awarding grants, supporting events and other organizations with a similar mission, implementing arts programs in schools throughout Oklahoma, and raising awareness of the value of art in its many forms.
Since the OkAC is essentially a government fixture, using publicly funded federal and private dollars to fund the program, “competitors” in the traditional sense are not exactly present. However, in the past two years, there have been bills that sought to consolidate or defund the Oklahoma Arts Council (House Bills 3028 & 2850, respectively). Neither of the bills passed, but they do act as a reminder that some believe the organization is unnecessary.
Overall,the most dominant attitude of the Oklahoma Arts Council is a passion for providing communities in Oklahoma with the tools they need (financial or otherwise) to cultivate and maintain a thriving arts environment. The OkAC values equal access to the arts for all Oklahomans, as well as funding the arts as a means to improve communities academically, culturally, and economically.