Allied Arts will host a Community Thank You Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Bicentennial Park, 500 Couch Drive. The concert is open to the public and is intended to thank the public, corporations and private donors for contributions to this year’s fundraising campaign.
Allied Arts receives no federal or state funding, so it relies on raising money through individual and corporate donations as well as sales of the OKCityCard.
The campaign’s fundraising goal was set at $3.2 million. During an intermission at the concert, Allied Arts will reveal the grand total raised through campaign and will recognize top-tier sponsors and thank volunteers.
Allied Arts also has been raising funds through a crowd funding website, and the total raised from that collection will be announced as well.
“I suspect that on Sunday, we’ll be able to reveal another record number for Allied Arts,” said Deborah McAuliffe Senner, president and CEO of Allied Arts.
Last year’s fundraising total was almost $3.37 million.
Allied Arts is an umbrella agency of sorts, with 26 member agencies funding 44 arts groups.
Allied Arts is very important to sustaining the growth momentum in Oklahoma, Senner said. A thriving arts community attracts businesses to the state, raises the quality of life for residents and broadens the city’s artistic offerings.
Much of the money raised by Allied Arts goes toward education initiatives, Senner said. From free days at the Oklahoma City Museum of Arts to free concerts by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, a huge focus of the organization is to make sure everyone has access to the arts.
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