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 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


Kristin Frosco

Development Coordinator/Executive Assistant


Chase Kerby

Art Moves Director


Seth Lewis

Projects Director


Constance Lindley

Finance Assistant


Gilbert Magdaleno

Festival of the Arts Director


Marie Smith

Finance Director


Lindsay Vaugn

Festival & Programs Assistant


Michelle Van Swearingen

Communications Director

Executive Committee

Kati Christ – Senior Vice President, Bank of Oklahoma

Allison Barta Bailey – Price Edwards & Company

Past President
Michael S. Laird, Esq. – Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy, PC

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

Paul Lienhard – Senior Vice President & Sales Manager, MidFirst Bank

Board of Directors

Allison Barta Bailey
Urban Retail Specialist – Price Edwards & Company

Tyler Bolton
Vice President – Valorem Energy, LLC

Ashlea Briggs
Principle – Burnett Equities; Co-Founder – Urban Capital; Senior Managing Director – Newmark Grubb

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

Matt Cagigal
Land Process & Special Projects – Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Dennis Clowers
Assistant City Manager – City of Oklahoma City

Stacy Coleman
Vice President of Strategy and Development – SSM Oklahoma St. Anthony

Scott Douglas
Clyde Riggs Construction

Rusty Duncan
Partner – Insight Creative Group

Hillary Farrell
Corporate Executive, Advertising/Marketing – Ackerman McQueen

Vahid Farzaneh
Founder/CEO – Freestyle Creative

Steve Hill
Chief of Staff, Mayor Holt

Wendy House
Vice President – Fred Jones Family Foundation

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

Paul Lienhard
Senior Vice President – MidFirst Bank

Riny Mathai
Manager of Income Tax Love’s – Travel Stops & Country Stores

Tim Mclaughlin
Founder, President – Fields & Futures

Lane Neal
Attorney – Durbin Larimore Bialick

Jim Roth
Dean – OCU School of Law

Sheena Karami
Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations – Express Employment

Tony G. Puckett
Attorney – McAfee & Taft

Meg Salyer
President – Accel Financial Staffing

Matt Schein
Vice President of Operations Systems & Services – Sonic

John Semtner
Director of Engineering Services – ADG P.C.

Kym Koch Thompson
Principal – Koch Communications, LLC