- The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council Awarded Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council Awarded Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council
(Lawton, OK) The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council (LAHC) is pleased to have been awarded matching grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) to assist in funding the 38th Annual International Festival (September 22 – 24, 2017) and the Student Performance (Spring 2018). We are fortunate to receive the $15,500 in funding and are extremely appreciative of what the staff of OAC is doing to provide continued support of the arts industry in our state!
The OAC’s mission is to lead in the development and support of a thriving arts environment. Their efforts continue to sustain and develop Oklahoma's nonprofits arts and the state's creative industry - Oklahoma's arts and culture nonprofits generated direct economic activity of $872,830,632. Spending by the arts and culture industry and their audiences supports 29,165 jobs in Oklahoma. (Note: Data from “Americans for the Arts national study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 of FY 2015”)
In FY16-17 we served over 28,500 individuals through cultural programs. We learned from patrons that in conjunction with attending these events they purchased gas, paid admission to museums, shopped, purchased art supplies, art education books and software, and dined out! The 'arts' are more than fun and a way to provide quality of life needs; it's a vital industry to our city and our state! Based on OAC’s data for every $1 granted, it results in $8 back into the community. In addition, with that $1 granted, it brings an additional $14 of investment from other community members per the Oklahomans for the Arts.
The LAHC approves programming, sets policies and seeks additional funding for projects. The City of Lawton and the LAHC also sponsor the annual Cultural Awards Program and “One to Six” Art Purchase Competition. Awards are presented to individuals and businesses that have made a significant impact on the cultural life of the community. These awards come from the art purchase competition where one artist’s work is purchased for the six awards categories.
Members of the LAHC are appointed by the Lawton City Council and may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. The purpose of the LAHC is to encourage and coordinate cultural endeavors and activities, and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the fine arts in our community. It is also the policy of the council to encourage and stimulate all forms of artistic and literary expressions, and other endeavors in the humanities.
For event information, visit our website at www.lawtonok.gov or contact Sharon Cheatwood, Arts Coordinator, at (580) 581-3470/3471 or email at @email. For information regarding the Oklahoma Arts Council, contact Joel Gavin, Director of Marketing and Communications, (405) 521-2037 or visit the Oklahoma Arts Council website at www.arts.ok.gov