Though the “Passages” exhibit has moved on, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art continues to have elegant exhibitions. “Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum” is on display through May 13.
Many museums contribute to the state’s economy, not only through the salaries of museum employees but, more importantly, from dollars tourists spend visiting restaurants and seeing other recreational sites nearby. Admission to most museums is free or at a small fee.
Oklahoma museums are in part funded by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
A report from the Oklahoma Museums Association reports that the Oklahoma Arts Council’s state appropriation of $4 million is less than a tenth of 1 percent of the state budget and that 80 percent of funding goes directly to communities across the state. OAC funding sustains Oklahoma’s $314.8 million nonprofit arts and cultural industry and more than 10,000 jobs, according to the report, and the industry generates $29 million in state and local tax revenue.