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Allied Arts Quarterly Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 1 Fall 2013

Enriching Our Communities Through Advancement of the Arts

announcing new BOARD MEMBERS

On July 1, Allied Arts ushered in new board leadership and a new class of board members. After 12 years of volunteer and board experience, Lonny Towell will serve as the 24th board chairman of Allied Arts, succeeding James Pickel who will sit on the board as past chairman. Throughout his service, Towell has served on various committees, including campaign cabinet, allocations, Lonny Towell, and agency monitoring and Allied Arts’ relations, and 2013-15 most recently board chair spearheaded the effort to add new agencies to the Allied Arts umbrella.

2014 additions to the allied arts board

Brenda Jones Barwick Jones PR

Don Betz* University of Central Oklahoma

Deborah Bott Community Volunteer

John deSteiguer* Oklahoma Christian University

Sue Ann Hamm Community Volunteer

Russ Harrison Harrison Gypsum

Robert Henry* Oklahoma City University

Gregory Main* St. Gregory’s University

Steve Mason Cardinal Engineering

Marc Maun Bank of Oklahoma

Steve Prescott Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Roshan Pujari Vikasa Capital

Teresa Rose Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Paul Sechrist* Oklahoma City Community College

Kent Shortridge Oklahoma Natural Gas

David Woods Giant Partners

During this fiscal year, Allied Arts welcomes 17 new board members – five of which are ex officio. In total, Allied Arts has 104 members on the board, including honorary and ex officio, who are all committed and dedicated to advancing the arts in central Oklahoma. On September 26, new board members participated in orientation which included a bus tour of Allied Arts member agencies at their facilities to see their mission in action and to hear directly from their executive directors. Members toured the Metropolitan School of Dance studio, Carpenter Square Theatre’s performance space, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Lyric’s Plaza Theatre.

*Denotes ex officio (Not pictured: Kristian Kos, New Source Energy)

help us welcome two new staff members to allied arts team An experienced public speaker and former educator, Clayton P. Moore joins Allied Arts as the business development & employee giving manager.

Kristen Bromley, a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, is the communications & employee giving assistant.

agency news Congratulations to the following Allied Arts member agencies celebrating major milestones this year: Oklahoma City Philharmonic – 25 years Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – 25 years Carpenter Square Theatre – 30 years

Canterbury Choral Society – 45 years Cimarron Opera’s Festival of the Spirituals – 45 years (2014)

Please help them celebrate these milestones by attending a show or exhibit opening.

Your Investment at Work As part of the allocations grant program, Allied Arts board members, volunteers and supporters reviewed member agency financial documents and applications to distribute funding from the 2013 campaign. The process, which also includes two days of agency presentations on program outcomes and community impact, helps ensure transparency and accountability to you, the Allied Arts donor. After the review, the Allied Arts board of directors approved the distribution of $2.55 million in support of the local cultural community.

Dollars Raised



Campaign Goal


Dollars Allocated $3,000,000

$2,550,000 $2,500,000

2013 sources of campaign funds $1,347,932






Individual (4,778 donors) Organization (247 donors) Foundation (18 donors) *total does not include prior year carry over or event revenue






Thank you to the 2013 allocations committee: Barry Gray, chair Tricia Everest, vice chair Committee: Paul Dudman Cindy Hunter Alesha Leemaster Debbie Nauser

Darlene Parman Carl Shortt Lonny Towell Paige Williams

Educating Youth through the Arts Did you know that the total fine arts budget in the 55 Oklahoma City public elementary schools totals $75,000?

To ensure all children have the opportunity to experience the arts, Allied Arts created the Educational Outreach Program in 2005. The grant program helps expand the scope and reach of arts programming for K-12 students with a focus on underserved youth in central Oklahoma.

That’s less than $2 per student.

For the first time, Allied Arts has opened the educational outreach grant program to all qualified arts nonprofits in central Oklahoma. As a result, we received a historic number of proposals for consideration in the first grant cycle of the 2014 fiscal year. In total, Allied Arts received 24 proposals – seven from non-member

agencies. Applicants have the opportunity to receive cash grants and gift cards for the procurement of arts supplies and materials. In September, a committee of board members reviewed each proposal to ensure that requests met the requirement of providing hands-on arts experiences to Oklahoma children. As a result, Allied Arts awarded $74,700 in grants in the first funding cycle of the 2014 fiscal year. Projects include a partnership between [Artspace] at Untitled and Big Brothers Big Sisters for “littles” to tour the Untitled gallery, participate in an art workshop and take home an art kit; an afterschool arts program for Millwood Arts Academy students at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; and scholarship programs for Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and The Sooner Theatre.

In 2013, Educational Outreach funds underwrote scholarships for Cimarron Opera’s summer camp (right) and provided support to bring Ballet Reach to Santa Fe South High School (below).

(right) Lyric Theatre’s statewide touring program, Musical Interactive, performs at the Children’s Center.

Special thanks to Educational Outreach supporters for their support:

capacity building grants Allied Arts also granted $42,604 to 18 arts nonprofit organizations through the Capacity Building grant program. Funding from this year’s grants will help provide strategic planning sessions and financial audits to ensure long-term sustainability of the organizations; underwrite professional development opportunities for staff and board members; and fund technological advancements to improve website, database and software capabilities.

Bank of America Cox Connects Foundation Dobson Family Foundation Hobby Lobby JPMorgan Chase Foundation Target

Thank you to the 2014 education grants committee: Pattye Moore, chair Committee: Tricia Everest Lou C. Kerr Steve Mason

Paul Sechrist Kent Shortridge Alison Taylor

The deadline for the second cycle of funding this fiscal year is January 24, 2014. All grant applications can be found online at

Allied Arts Volunteer of the Year At the June 2013 board meeting, Jean Hartsuck was presented with the fifth annual Zach D. Taylor Volunteer Award for her outstanding service to Allied Arts. She has regularly served as a campaign volunteer and played an integral role in the addition of new member agencies to Allied Arts. Below is a Q&A with this year’s Allied Arts volunteer of the year. How long have you been volunteering with Allied Arts? I joined the board of Allied Arts about eight years ago. Before that time, I had helped solicit gifts during the campaign. How did you get involved with Allied Arts? What was your first volunteer post? When the allocation formula was being revised, I was asked to join the task force charged with exploring new, fairer ways to apportion monies among the member agencies. As a follow-up to that, I chaired the allocation committee. What keeps you engaged with Allied Arts? The arts are a passion of our family. We attend concerts, plays and operas and visit museums whenever possible. Allied Arts is working to engage many in our community so that, hopefully, they can have pleasurable experiences just as we do.

Allied Arts president/CEO, Deborah McAuliffe Senner joins board members Alison Taylor and Debbie Nauser to present the 2013 Zach D. Taylor Volunteer Award to Jean Hartsuck.

Americans for the Arts Visit On July 19, Allied Arts hosted Robert Lynch, president of the Washington, D.C. - based Americans for the Arts, for breakfast with local arts leaders.

What is your favorite Allied Arts memory? My husband and I enjoy the Circle Club functions. We always meet interesting people. Also, I will never forget the year the campaign celebration was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. There was a long ‘alligator’ whose body parts showed the campaign total of just over $2,000,000. Crossing that number was very important to everyone there. Of course, now the campaign total has grown to over $3,000,000. What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Allied Arts? Allied Arts serves the entire community. If you believe in the benefits that a robust arts community brings to our city, there is no more vital place to put your efforts. How do you spend your time when you’re not volunteering with Allied Arts? I also work with the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and serve as treasurer of our church. My husband and I are both retired so we are able to travel a lot. We are ‘italianophiles’ and have season tickets at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We have nine grandchildren, but only two of them live in Oklahoma. Consequently, we go to Dallas and Austin frequently.

(from left) Ken Fergeson, Americans for the Arts immediate past board chair; Amber Sharples, Oklahoma Arts Council; Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Allied Arts; Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts; and Lonny Towell, Allied Arts board chair.

Mayor, Council proclaim October as National Arts & Humanities Month

What’s your favorite way to experience the local arts scene? This question is impossible. We enjoy so much: music, theater and museums. I would not want to name one because that would mean I had omitted at least 15 other organizations. What does it mean to you to have been recognized with the Zach D. Taylor Volunteer Award? Zach was one of the first Allied Arts board members I met. In my opinion, he was a consummate volunteer. Both his passion for Allied Arts and his intellect were at a level I cannot hope to achieve. I was shocked to be recognized with the award dedicated to him.

Robbie Kienzle, James Loftis, Deborah McAuliffe Senner, Mayor Mick Cornett, Amber Sharples, Julia Kirt and Ann Thompson joined the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Leaving a Legacy for the Arts Earlier this year, Allied Arts was awarded a $5,000 matching grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to help build our charitable endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The grant was contingent on Allied Arts raising $15,000 by February 2014. With incredible support from our constituency, Allied Arts surpassed our goal, raising $34,262 in only five months.

Thank you to the following donors who responded to Allied Arts’ endowment match challenge. And thank you to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund for issuing the challenge. $5,000 Legacy Donor

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (grant from ONE Awards)

$2,500 Legacy Donor Anonymous Bob & Jan Campbell Ben & Peggy Kates

$1,000 Legacy Donor

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bowen Mr. & Mrs. Bob G. Bunce Joanna Champlin & Shawnee Brittan Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Givens John & Charlotte Richels Phil & Avis Scaramucci Mr. & Mrs. Dick Workman

$500-$999 Legacy Donor Ann S. Alspaugh Cara & Robert Barnes Cardinal Engineering Barby Crabtree Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Dudman Carl & Susan Edwards Tricia L. Everest David & Aimee Harlow L.M. Johnston, Ph.D. Mr. & Mrs. Max Myers G. David Neff & Suzanne Peck

Up to $300 Legacy Donor Anonymous Aaron Tatum Custom Homes John & Margaret Biggs Robert & Sharon Bish Ms. Elizabeth J. Bishop Ms. Deborah Bott Mary Brodnax & Rudi Nollert Mr. & Mrs. Barney Brown Mrs. Faith Brown Mr. & Mrs. Larry E. Bruce Jay & Genevieve Burns Carol Renner Carey Roy & Pat Chandler Ms. Louise Cleary

($300 Legacy Donors Continued) Ms. Megan Clement Mr. & Mrs. E.G. Colton Jr. Rev. Torrey Curtis Ms. Martha A. Custer Fran & Gary Derrick Michael & Elizabeth Dionisio Mrs. Jim Duckett Edna M. Dunn Mr. Rickee D. Eddleman Randi V. Ellefson Dr. & Mrs. Robert S. Ellis Dr. & Mrs. J. Patrick Evans Mr. & Mrs. C. Randolph Everest Dr. Michael P. Fauks Ms. Lois Marie Fees Shirley Fine Ms. Lynn Fontaine Mrs. Mary Fraley Mrs. Barbara Fretwell Ms. Joey Frisillo Barbara & Gerald Gallivan Mr. & Mrs. J. Keith Gannaway Joan Gilmore & Al McLaughlin Kay Goebel, Ph.D. Mike & Gail Grady Edward & Brenda Granger Mr. Jason Gresham & Ms. Meredith Downing Mr. & Mrs. Barry Grove Ms. Melissa Haddock Mr. & Mrs. William J. Hakel Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Harding Dr. & Mrs. James Hartsuck Mr. & Mrs. David Haskett Robert & Jan Henry Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hoch Sr. Ms. Gayle Hodges Ms. Nadine Holloway The Hon. Jerome A. Holmes Ms. Jeanne Jackson Bev & Paul Kanaly Lou C. Kerr/The Kerr Foundation, Inc. Wilma J. Klaassen Ms. Martha R. Kulmacz Edith & Michael Laird Ms. Betty Jo Law Hilda Lewis

($300 Legacy Donors Continued) Judy & Tom Love Dr. & Mrs. Thomas N. Lynn Jr. Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Mashburn Cindy & Johnny McCharen Mr. Carl Steve Moore Mrs. Judy Mullen Kay & Clark Musser Josh & Susan O’Brien David & Camilla Ostrowe Barbara Pirrong Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W. Plant Dr. Paul E. Plowman & Ms. Beverly K. Scribner Stan & Julie Rankin Ms. Elsie Ray Jayne & Bill Roberts Ms. Patty Roloff Jim & Sherry Rowan Sally Saunders Deborah McAuliffe Senner & Scott Senner Mary & John Seward Mr. & Mrs. Carl Shortt Jr. Ms. Eileen Smith Nancy J. Snell C. Renzi & Lee Anne Stone Mr. & Mrs. Terry R. Stone Hardy & Marilyn Summers Mac & Carol Troy Ray & Suzanne Vaughn Mr. & Mrs. William K. Veazey James & Jennifer Weinland John M. & Kathy Williams Dr. Diane J. Willis Judith A. Willoughby Mr. & Mrs. Don T. Zachritz

Donors listed as of September 30, 2013

Community Thank you Concert

On June 30, Allied Arts held a Community Thank You Concert in partnership with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Twilight Concert Series presented by Devon. At the concert, Allied Arts announced its new member agencies: deadCENTER Film Festival, Firehouse Art Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma, Red Earth, Inc., and The Sooner Theatre.

Students from Metropolitan School of Dance perform a tap number.

Ambassadors’ Concert Choir sings at the event.

A number of member agency mascots were in attendance including the Oklahoma City Ballet’s Penelope The Hippo. She is pictured here warming up backstage with Miki Kawamura, principal dancer and faculty at the Dance Center of OKC Ballet.

More than 1,500 concert-goers enjoyed performances from Allied Arts member agencies and interacted with the arts at member agency tables around the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn.

Workplace Winners Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 Step Up for the Arts drawings. Individuals who donated $135 or more through their company’s employee giving campaign received an insulated cooler tote and were entered into drawings for a $100 7-Eleven gas card, one-night stay at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel with breakfast for two at Park Avenue Grill, and six Oklahoma City Thunder tickets in the Terrace Suites. If you are interested in learning more about employee giving campaigns in support of Allied Arts, please contact $100 7-Eleven Gift Card Winners Mrs. Harriet Ervin, Devon Energy Corporation Mr. Fritz Featherly, FIS Dr. Richard T. Hatch, Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic Mr. Ryin Jones, University of Oklahoma Mrs. Melinda Kerby, American Fidelity Ms. Annie Lillard, Gabbard & Co Ms. Michele McIntosh, Devon Energy Corporation Mrs. Tammy L. Overholt, American Fidelity Mr. & Mrs. James E. Smith, Devon Energy Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Tony Vaughn, Devon Energy Corporation Skirvin Hilton Hotel Downtown Getaway Mr. & Mrs. Steve Potts, Rees Associates Oklahoma City Thunder Terrace Suites Mr. Mark Patton, Devon Energy Corporation THANK YOU TO OUR 2013 PARTNERS:

catalyst corner

circle club fall brunch

In July, Allied Arts’ young professionals network, Catalyst, welcomed new board leadership as the group continues to expand its impact on the arts. Major goals for this fiscal year include membership retention and growth, the creation of by-laws and the implementation of a mentorship program.

On October 6, Allied Arts Circle Club members gathered for the annual Fall Bring-A-Friend Brunch at the home of Tiffany and Mims Talton. More than 140 guests shared their stories of the arts, enjoyed the quintessential fall weather and listened to the live performances of local pianist Christian Pearson and cellist Eric Holmberg.

2014 Catalyst Board

Circle Club members donate $1,000 or more to the Allied Arts annual campaign. Benefits include quarterly events, such as the annual fall brunch, networking with corporate and community leaders, and opportunities to interact with the arts on an intimate level.

Travis Mason, chair Amanda Kirkpatrick-Lawler, chair-elect Jeff Thompson, past chair Heath Hornbeek, vice chair, ARTini Julie Hornbeek, vice chair, ARTini Tyler Smith, vice chair, communications Jeanette Stanton, vice chair, events Whitney Rainbolt, vice chair, membership Claire Turmelle, vice chair-elect Able Blakley, member-at-large Stephanie Gannaway, member-at-large Joseph McIntyre, member-at-large Lindsay McIntyre, member-at-large

The next Circle Club event is the holiday party on Tuesday, November 19. For more information on Circle Club, please email

Currently, Catalyst counts 154 emerging leaders as members. With new events being scheduled, including educational roundtables and behind-the-scenes arts experiences, 2014 promises to be an exciting time to join or renew membership in Catalyst.

Special thanks to Mims and Tiffany Talton for hosting the event.

Laying the groundwork for a mentorship program, Catalyst members connected with Allied Arts board members at the home of Lisa and Tom Price on September 24. At the intimate event, Catalyst interacted one-on-one with Allied Arts board members, learning how they became engaged with the arts and initiating relationships with them. Bill and Niki Puffinbarger join Jenny and David Kallenberger. Members and guests learn about Catalyst at the fall networking event. To learn more about Catalyst, please visit

Save the Date

Catalyst will host the 11th annual ARTini event on April 4, 2014 with funds benefiting Allied Arts and our local cultural community. For event information, contact

Events committee co-chair Sherry Beasley and Lee Beasley act as greeters at the event.

Allied Arts is bringing an exciting new way of connecting you to the arts. Be sure to watch for an announcement in future newsletters, on the Allied Arts website and on our social media platforms. Follow us @AlliedArtsOKC for the most up-to-date information.

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IN THIS ISSUE: • New Board Members • 2014 Allied Arts Grants • 2013 Zach D. Taylor Volunteer Award • Kirkpatrick Family Fund Endowment Match • SAVE THE DATE: ARTini - April 4, 2014

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Fall for the O K C ity C ard There is no better time to explore the horticultural arts at downtown’s Myriad Gardens. With your OKCityCard, you will receive a 2-for-1 discount on Family Membership to the Gardens.

With football, baseball and basketball in season, it’s a great time to catch a game at Republic Gastropub. Enjoy 15% off your ticket (excluding tax, gratuities and alcohol - limit one guest per card).

Cooler temperatures mean the addition of chili, stew and soup to our culinary repertoire. Visit the Savory Spice Shop to get 10% off herbs and spices for the best of fall’s dishes.

As the weather gets colder, use your card for some indoor learning activities. Receive buy one, get one admission to the following Oklahoma museums: American Banjo Museum, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Museum of Osteology, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKCMOA, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and Science Museum Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Thunder season is right around the corner. Be sure to sign up early for the Thunder Kids Club. Receive 20% off membership with your card. Memberships go on sale at the start of the season; limited inventory available.

To learn more about the OKCityCard partners and discounts, visit

Art Matters: Volume 7, Issue 1 Fall 2013  
Art Matters: Volume 7, Issue 1 Fall 2013  

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