Oklahoma City nonprofit Allied Arts launched its 2019 campaign at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the goal of raising more than $3.3 million. The organization already has raised $1.2 million toward that goal.
More than 350 donors, volunteers and sponsors attended the annual campaign kickoff featuring local performers El Sistema, Life Change Ballroom, KidsAlive!, and Sooner Theatre, four of Allied Arts’ grantees and member agencies that receive funding.
In addition to performing the jive, salsa and hip-hop, students from Life Change Ballroom shared personal stories of the leadership and growth they’ve experienced through the program, which provides dance instruction as a means of life-skills training.
Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and his wife, Cathy Keating, were introduced as the honorary chairs for the 2019 campaign in recognition of their lifetime philanthropic leadership and community contributions.
“The outreach of Allied Arts-affiliated groups is happening 365 days a year, revitalizing neighborhoods, improving schools, and bringing hope and inspiration to families and individuals,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, president and CEO of Allied Arts. “Because Allied Arts does not receive city, county, state or federal funds, we rely on broad support from the entire community at all giving levels to transform lives through the arts.”
Campaign funds provide grants to more than 40 arts and cultural organizations in central Oklahoma. For Allied Arts member agencies, funds are used to offset operating costs; underwrite productions, performances and exhibits; create new programming; and provide free and affordable arts programming. Donations also go to providing grants to qualified nonprofit cultural organizations.
For more information, or to donate, go online to alliedartsokc.com or call 278-8944.