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Allied Arts announces six new Oklahoma member agencies

For the first time in 13 years, Allied Arts is expanding its membership, to include six new Oklahoma agencies.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013

Allied Arts' board of directors Thursday approved the addition of six new member agencies in an effort to broaden its financial and organizational support for central Oklahoma's cultural community.

The new agencies are deadCenter Film Festival, Firehouse Art Center, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma, Red Earth, Inc. and The Sooner Theatre, according to a news release.

The additions to Allied Arts' member organizations are the first in 13 years, said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, president and CEO of the organization.

“The opportunity to broaden our support of central Oklahoma's cultural community is significant as Allied Arts strives to become the leading voice and champion of our dynamic arts landscape,” Senner said.

Allied Arts board chairman James Pickel said that in the last decade, Allied Arts's fundraising campaign has grown by 242 percent.

“By adding new agencies, Allied Arts can better advocate for the arts, represent the cultural community at large, make a difference with our donors' investment and impact lives,” Pickel said in the release.

The new members underwent a rigorous application process, including submission of two applications, extensive review of financial materials and presentations to the Allied Arts board of directors. A task force was created last year to determine the process of creating new agencies, including criteria such as diversity in cultural mission and geographic representation, financial and programmatic sustainability and community impact. The addition of agencies concludes a 10-month process.

The new agencies will join the Allied Arts family effective July 1. Here is more about each one, provided by Allied Arts:

The deadCenter Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival and one of the 20 “coolest” festivals in the world, according to MovieMaker magazine. For the past 12 years, deadCenter has featured thousands of films in Oklahoma City from around the world and all over the United States. Its mission is to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. DeadCenter accomplishes this mission with a renowned festival each June, a year-round education program and screenings in partnerships with museums and various arts organizations.

For more information, visit

The mission of Firehouse Art Center is to enrich its community by offering quality visual arts education, experiences and exhibits. Founded in 1971, the Firehouse Art Center began as a community center for adults and has grown to encompass arts programming for ages 5 and above. The center offers art classes seven days a week in ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry construction, stone carving, fused and slumped glass and more. Based in Norman, the center also runs a professional art gallery with seven shows a year. In addition, the organization sponsors free arts activities for the community on a regular basis via three large public events — Midsummer Nights' Fair, Chocolate Festival and Luncheon on the Grass.

To learn more, visit

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is among the nation's premier institutions focusing on art, history and culture of the American West. The museum includes an extensive fine art collection of more than 4,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures by prominent historic and contemporary artists; a historical artifact collection of more than 20,000 objects; the Dickinson Research Center consisting of a library and an archival repository; seven exhibition galleries highlighting elements of art, history and cultures of the West; and Prosperity Junction, a full-scale replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town.

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About Allied Arts

As Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts works to broaden support for the arts by raising financial support for the arts and related organizations, encouraging participation and attendance, advocating for arts education, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts management. Founded in 1971, the organization has raised more than $50 million to advance the arts in central Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Allied Arts at 278-8944 or visit


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