Outlook: Oklahoma City will continue to build on partnerships between arts and business

The executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council sees the seeds for Oklahoma’s future being planted.

BY GEORGE LANG Published: April 28, 2013

“We see a state that is really proud of its cultural and business achievements, that’s reaping the benefits of a strong cultural and business infrastructure. I think the arts and culture will be in every aspect of community life, from education to new public spaces, aesthetic design and especially in downtown and community revitalization,” she said.

“That’s going to be critical.”

These initiatives will help continue the trend toward Oklahoma City being a creative force that attracts young innovators, she said.

“We’ve seen these young people coming in because they’re excited about what’s going on here,” Baker said.

“They’re willing to take risks, they’re willing to be innovative, they’re willing to make the move and they want to live here.

“I think because we are a relatively new state, we have a unique opportunity to really do it right,” she said. “People are going to be so proud, and people outside of Oklahoma are going to go, ‘Wow, I wish I lived in Oklahoma.’”

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