To encourage and promote artistic expression and diversity in the City of Lawton.
Our Vision: To create an enduring artistic and cultural community.
We support the cultural endeavors of the City of Lawton as well as the arts and humanities industries in the area such as organizations, individuals, businesses, and other governmental agencies. Our division manages the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, manages the City of Lawton’s art collection, assists the various City of Lawton boards and trusts that foster the arts and humanities, and serves as the point of contact for Film, Music & Video Production Support.
We also provide outreach to individuals, organizations and businesses that support the arts and in Lawton including marketing/promotional support and consultation services that build capacity in program development, securing resources, community engagement and more.
For more information about arts and humanities events and programs happening in Lawton visit swokarts.com.
The Arts and Humanities Division is surveying residents about events and programs they would like to see presented in the community. Responses will inform our work to bring more amenities to our city. Complete our brief survey here.
Learn about the latest news from our division in our newsletter Lawton Arts Review here.
Projects by the Arts and Humanities Division and McMahon Memorial Auditorium are supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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A study by Americans for the Arts - "Arts & Economic Prosperity 5" - provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the State of Oklahoma - one that generates $872.8 million in total economic activity. This spending - $331.2 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $541.6 million in event-related spending by their audiences - supports 29,165 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $588.2 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $84.5 million in local and state government revenue.
This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the State of Oklahoma’s economic well-being. Read the full report here.
Our office serves to support various City of Lawton trusts, boards, and committees that foster the arts and humanities.
McMahon Auditorium Authority is a public trust dedicated to further the vision of Mrs. Louise D. McMahon to advocate the advancement of the arts and other educational and cultural endeavors through the use of the McMahon Memorial Auditorium. Visit swokarts.com for more information about events and information about the auditorium.
- International Festival Committee oversees the planning of Lawton’s annual International Festival, a free, three-day, event to promote greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton’s diverse heritage. This family-oriented extravaganza is full of fun, food, children’s games and activities, demonstration artists, retailers, concerts, and multicultural experiences that make the Lawton Fort Sill Community so unique. Visit swokarts.com for more information about this year’s festival.
- Lawton Arts & Humanities Committee exists to encourage and coordinate cultural endeavors and activities, to provide understanding, knowledge, enjoyment, and practice of the arts and humanities, to advance the development of our citizens and contribute to the general welfare of the City and the area, and to encourage and stimulate all forms of artistic, literary, and other endeavors in the humanities.
Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority (LETA) is a public trust that exists to beautify and esthetically enhance the appearance of the City of Lawton. LETA’s purposes include serving as a fair and impartial representative body responsible for administration, management, and expenditure of the public and private funds entrusted to it; and encouraging and stimulating interest among and endeavors by public and private entities, groups, and individuals who share the vision of a more beautiful City of Lawton.
- Lawton - Ft. Sill Freedom Festival Committeeoversees the planning of Lawton’s celebration of America’s Independence Day.
- Lawton Beautiful Awards Gala Committee
- Cultural Preservation Committee
Jason Poudrier, Arts & Humanities Administrator
Andrea Morman, Deputy Arts & Humanities Administrator
Gary Reddin, Arts Coordinator
Tereasa Neeley, Administrative Assistant
Broderick Jackson II, Maintenance Technician
Stavis Morman, House Manager
Manuel Smith Jr., Maintenance Technician (part time)