Bringing the Arts & The Community Together

About Arts Council Oklahoma City, Our Staff and Board, 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 50 years, Arts Council Oklahoma City has grown to present some of 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. Art Moves and Out of the Box bring diverse entertainment to downtown Oklahoma City’s busy streets.

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 performances, visual art displays, interactive art exhibits, and arts education. We also attract a diverse audience. Through our free or low cost programming, the entire community is invited to experience the arts

Flagship Events

Our large events, like Festival of the Arts and Opening Night, are anticipated by the community annually. These projects drive citizens to the heart of our downtown and 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

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 and programs are prepared for 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 our mission of bringing the arts and the community together.

Our Team

Peter Dolese

Executive Director

Nick Caudle

All Access Arts Coordinator

Jillian Coker

All Access Arts Director

Matthew Dorman

Festival of the Arts Assistant

Alyssa Flesher

Projects Director

Lindsay Fritts-Koskie

Office Manager Development Assistant

Will Hutchison

Communications Director

Chase Kerby

Art Moves Director Out of the Box Coordinator

Seth Lewis

Festival of the Arts Director

Constance Lindley

Finance Assistant

Niki Sanders

Development Coordinator

Marie Smith

Finance Director

Executive Committee

Brian Alford – Director of Corporate Affairs, OG&E Corporation

Hillary Farrell– Advertising/Marketing, Corporate Executice,  Price Edwards & Company

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

Vice President
Garrett Jackson – VP of Drilling and Well Construction, Devon Energy Corporation

Paul Lienhard – Senior Vice President, MidFirst Bank



Board of Directors

*Brian Alford, Board President
Director of Corporate Affairs – OG&E Energy Corporation

Tyler Bolton
Vice President – Valorem Energy

Ashlea Briggs
Senior Vice President and Sales Manager Treasury
& Merchant Services Dept.
  BancFirst Oklahoma City

Andy Burnett
Senior Managing Director –  ARA, A Newmark Company

Matt Cagigal
Land Process & Special Projects – Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Kati Christ
Senior Vice President – Bank of Oklahoma

Scott Douglas
Clyde Riggs Construction

Rusty Duncan
Partner, CMO – Insight Creative Group

Hillary Farrell
Advertising/Marketing, Corporate Executive – Ackerman McQueen

Lance Haffner
President of Payroll & HCM Solutions – Heartland

Steve Hill
Chief of Staff, Mayor Holt

Sheena Hollander
Director of Corporate Communications & Public Relations – Express Employment

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


Kym Koch Thompson
Principal – Koch Communications, LLC

Paul Lienhard
Senior Vice President – MidFirst Bank

Riny Mathai
Manager of Income Tax    Love’sTravel Stops & Country Stores

Tim McLaughlin
Founder, President – Fields & Futures

Lane Neal
Attorney – Durbin Larimore Bialick

Kirby Nickolas
Manager of Brand, Engagement, and Partnership  – OG&E Energy Corporation

Tony G. Puckett
Attorney – McAfee & Taft

Timila Rother
Risk Management and Claims Counsel  –  Crowe & Dunlevy

Matt Schein
Vice President of Operations Systems and Services – Sonic Drive-In

John Semtner
Principal  FSB Architects and Engineers

Jeff Seymour
Executive Vice-President, Economic Development  Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Ashley Stevenson
Property Manager  Generations Holding LLC

Jabee Williams

*Board President