BRINGING THE ARTS AND THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

About Arts Council Oklahoma City, Our Staff and Board, Sponsors, and Contact Information

Our Mission

The idea of bringing the arts and the community together began in 1967 with Festival of the Arts. In the past 40 years, Arts Council Oklahoma City has grown to present some the community’s favorite events and performances, including Opening Night, and Sunday Twilight Concert Series. The Arts Council’s All Access Arts teaches Oklahoma City’s youngest and most under-served artists to dance, sing, sculpt, paint, create and interact with professional of their crafts. Out of the Box is a series of street performances, bringing the performing arts to Oklahoma City’s busiest urban areas.

Arts Council Oklahoma City is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization that is dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost large-scale downtown Oklahoma City cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact under-served populations. We are proud to expose our community to the full spectrum of art in its many forms. By focusing on teaching, learning, and appreciating the arts, our events and programs help the residents of our city learn to create, experience, and enjoy art.

DIVERSE PROGRAMMING

The arts take many forms and we bring a wide range of art forms to the community – music performance, visual art displays, interactive art exhibits, and arts education. We also attract a diverse audience. Thanks to our free or low-cost admissions, people from all corners of the community are able to attend our programs and events and experience the arts.

POWERED BY DEDICATED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

We strongly believe in involving the local community in the arts. When serving audiences as large as 50,000 to 750,000 people, it is crucial to have passionate and capable volunteers. Annual events are planned year-round using staff and volunteer resources to ensure that our events are well-planned and successfully promoted. These volunteers are integral to accomplishing our mission of bringing the arts and the community together. Their vision, planning, and hard work allow us to continue presenting free and low-cost programming to the Oklahoma City community.

LONG-STANDING EVENTS

Our events, like Festival of the Arts and Opening Night, are anticipated by the community each year. Art Moves, is one of our initiatives that provides free arts events in downtown OKC each work day from Noon-1:00. They drive citizens to the heart of our city – Downtown. These projects are something the residents of Oklahoma City are proud of and enjoy visiting each year. Most importantly, these projects help our city learn to experience, appreciate, and love art.

Our Team

  • PETER DOLESE

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • JESSICA AYCOCK

    FESTIVAL & PROGRAMS ASSISTANT

  • NICK CAUDLE

    ALL ACCESS ARTS ASSISTANT

  • JILLIAN COKER

    ALL ACCESS ARTS DIRECTOR

  • LACY KENDRICK

    DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

  • CHASE KERBY

    ART MOVES DIRECTOR

  • SETH LEWIS

    PROJECTS DIRECTOR

  • GILBERT MAGDALENO

    FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS DIRECTOR

  • LINDSEY PENDLETON

    COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

  • COREY RAY

    ART MOVES ASSISTANT

  • NIKI SANDERS

    OFFICE MANAGER

  • MARIE SMITH

    FINANCE DIRECTOR

  • LINDSAY VAUGHAN

    FINANCE ASSISTANT

  • MATT WADE

    DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Executive Committee

  • President
    Michael Laird – Shareholder/Director, Crowe & Dunlevy, PC

    Secretary
    Betsy Guthrie-Brunsteter – Principal, ADG, Inc.

    Past President
    Daniel Adams – First Vice President, MidFirst Bank

  • Vice President
    Kati Christ – Senior Vice President, Bank of Oklahoma

    Treasurer
    Barbara Denny – Chief Financial Officer/Vice President, Greater OKC Chamber

Board of Directors

  • Megan Allen
    Director, Community Mobilization, Smart Start Oklahom

    Allison Barta Bailey
    Retail Specialist, Price Edwards & Company

    Tanishia Beacham
    Vice President of Field Marketing for Sonic Industries, SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

    Tyler Bolton
    VP Engineering, Valorem Energy, LLC

    Ashlea Briggs
    Senior Vice President & Sales Manager Treasury & Merchant Services Dept., BancFirst

    Andy Burnett
    Principle, Burnett Equities; Co-Founder, Urban Capital; Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb

    Dennis Clowers
    Assistant City Manager, City of Oklahoma City

    Brooke Coe
    Executive Assistant, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

    Stacy Coleman
    Vice President of Strategy and Development, St. Anthony’s Hospital

    W. David Cottrell
    Principal, AIIM Capital Corporation

    Karen Delaney
    Community Volunteer

    Rusty Duncan
    Chief Operating Officer and Partner, Insight Creative Group

     

  • Vahid Farzaneh
    Founder/CEO Freestyle Marketing + Films

    Hillary Farrell
    Vice Chairman, Ackerman McQueen

    David Holt
    Senator, Oklahoma Senate

    Garrett Jackson
    Vice President of Drilling and Well Construction Technology, Devon Energy

    Tony LoPresto
    Manager of Financial Reporting, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc.

    Lane R. Neal
    Associate Attorney, Durbin, Larimore & Bialick

    Laci Jackson Ravina
    Vice President, Blanton Property Company

    Jim Roth
    Chair, Clean Energy Practice Group; Director, Phillips Murrah P.C.

    Meg Salyer
    President, Accel Financial Staffing

    John Semtner
    Director of Engineering Services, ADG Inc.

    Kym Koch Thompson
    Principal, Koch Communications, LLC

     

Supporting Sponsors

Allied Steel Construction
American Energy Partners
Gary Good Entertainment & Speakers Bureau, LLC
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Medley Material Handling Company
Metropolitan Library System
Pirate’s Alley
Sandridge Energy, Inc.
Slice Magazine
SSM Health Care of Oklahoma
David Thomas and the World of Magic

Grand Patrons

7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma
Brown’s Bakery
Cox Business Services Convention Center
Cresap Family Foundation
Ronna and Larry Davis
Dolese Bros. Co.
Homeland Stores
Mood Party Rentals & Gifts
Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority
Oklahoma History Center
Party Galaxy
Pearl’s Restaurant Group Featuring Crabtown in Bricktown
PPA, Inc.
Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library
Cindy and Lance Ruffel
WACO of Central Oklahoma Inc. and Rent it Co.
Western Enterprises, Inc.
Williams Box Forshee & Bullard, P.C.

Sustaining Patrons

Air Comfort Solutions
Allen Contracting
Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown
American Fire & Safety
Blue Dolphin Energy
DiverseCTI
Event Productions, Inc.
First National Center
Garman Productions, LLC.
Debe and Rick Hauschild
KPMG LLP
Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events
Polly and Larry Nichols
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc.
Richard Tanenbaum
W & W Steel Co.

Patrons

Acme Welding
Christina and Daniel Adams
Ann S. Alspaugh
Alternate Choice
American Propane Gas Co.
BancFirst
Tanishia Beacham
Ben E. Keith Foods
Best Western Broadway Plus Inn & Suites
Betsy and W.W. Brunsteter
Phil Clayton/TSO Optical
Corner Energy/Linda Whittington
Amy and David Cottrell
Karen Delaney
Barb Denny
Durbin Larimore & Bialick
Fellers Snider
Kent Gardner
Sue and Bob Hale
Rhonda Hooper
Sue Ann and Dudley Hyde
Marla and Eric Joiner
Jordan Associates
Diane Joy-Sisemore
Kennedy Consulting Team
Lou C. Kerr/The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

 

Edith and Michael Laird
Maccini Construction Company
Travis Mason
David and Jean McLaughlin
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Milam, Jr.
NBC Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Renaissance Convention Center Hotel and Spa
Oklahoma Natural Gas, a Division of ONE Gas, Inc
Pama and Michael Palmer
Jim Parrack
Marcy and Louis Price
Meg Salyer
Schonwald Land, Inc.
Science Museum Oklahoma
Ilana and Dan Sharpe
Richard Sias
Janice Singer Jankowsky and Joseph Jankowsky
Stanbrough Electric
Marnie and Clayton Taylor
Billie Thrash
Triad Design Group
Waste Connections of Oklahoma, Inc.
Barbara and Brett Willis
Anne Workman
XTO Energy, Inc.