The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council Awarded Grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahoma Humanities

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(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 39th Annual International Festival (September 28 – 30, 2018) and the Student Performance (Spring 2019).  We have also been awarded a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) for the “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma” program to be presented monthly starting in July and running through November, 2018.  We are fortunate to receive the funding and are extremely appreciative of what the staff of OAC and OH are doing to provide continued support of cultural programming 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 – “The nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $872.8 million industry in the State of Oklahoma—one that supports 29,165 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $84.5 million in local and state government revenue. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are businesses in their own right. They spent $331.2 million during fical year 2015 to employ people locally, purchase goods and services from local establishments, and attract tourists. They also leveraged a remarkable $541.6 million in additional spending by cultural audiences—spending that pumps vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, and other local businesses. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities that support the arts and culture are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. This Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study shows conclusively that the arts mean business in the State of Oklahoma!”,  From the “Arts & Economic Prosperty 5; The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations & Their Audiences in the State of Oklahoma”, 2017 by the Americans for the Arts.

In FY17-18 we served over 24,000 individuals through the above three 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!

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 or contact Sharon Cheatwood, Arts Coordinator, at (580) 581-3470 or 581-3471 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


About the Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma program - Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma”, a project of the Oklahoma Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by grants from the Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the Oklahoma Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment of the Humanities with generous funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.  Additional support is provided by the City of Lawton and Cameron University.


About the Oklahoma Humanities - The mission of the Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.  OH is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we strive to stimulate discussion, encourage new perspectives, and to actively engage people in the humanities disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, and ethics.



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