We are one of over 39 United Arts Funds (UAF’s) operating in the United States.
UAF’s seek to raise money to provide ongoing operating support to local arts institutions. The funds we raise are presented as unrestricted grants to our family of local arts organizations. Each “Member Grantee” applies annually so we can assure our donors that each grantee has met all standards for non-profit status.
Plain and simple, Tulsa’s arts and cultural treasures make local businesses boom. Our work at the Arts Alliance helps sustain 40 nonprofits that distinguish Tulsa from anywhere else in the world. Funding the arts always helps drive our local economic engine.
We take an innovative approach to preserving and protecting the arts, serving as a centralized fundraising clearinghouse that makes annual grant allocations to our arts partners. This kind of business model multiplies our impact in a cost-effective manner.
Our primary mission is to conduct the due diligence that gives our donors confidence in the criteria we use to vet and select our grantees. These organizations must have their 501c3 status, three years of continuous operations, an active board and a well-defined budget.
Amanda Clinton, A.R. Clinton Strategies – Chair
Melanie Tate, Immediate Past Board Chair
Rebecca Marks Jimerson, Community Activist – Vice-Chair
Doug DeJarnette, Vast. Bank – Treasurer
Dwight Eskew – AAON – Secretary
Bob O’Neal – Whiptail Midstream- Chair-Elect
Jack Carney – Arvest Bank
John Carwile – Baum, Glass, Jayne & Carwile PLLC
Abi Fain – Intertribal Agriculture Council
Michael Feamster – Nabholz
Aaron Fulkerson – Schnake Turnbo Frank
Leanne Helmerich – Community Activist
Kimberly Honea – Sharp Development
Joseph Hull, III – Barthelmes Foundation
Will Jones – Pray Walker
Sharon King Davis – Community Activist
Kate Korneva – W Design
Kyle Lee – Muscogee Creek Nation
Ken Levit – GKFF
Chris Lilly – Lilly Architects
Susan Lindberg – Gable Gotwals
Maren Lively – Jones Gotcher
Frauke Petersen – Luxa Enterprises
Bob Purgason – Purgason Partners
Priya Raju – Kripalaya Dance Company
Jessica Sisemore –Tulsa Community Foundation
Trevor Smith – Williams Companies
Stacy Sprague – The Rowland Group
Teresa Valero – University of Tulsa
Bob Winchester – BancFirst
Jodi Finer Zalk – Fabricut
Having the endorsement of the Arts Alliance provides validation for our organization and helps increase visibility. It is important to be associated with an organization that promotes the arts and advocates for support of the arts and arts organizations.