About Us


Sustaining Tulsa’s thriving non-profit arts community through united fundraising and support.

We are one of over 40 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.

Arts Alliance

Board of Directors

Bob O’Neal  – Whiptail Midstream – Chair
Amanda Clinton, A.R. Clinton Strategies – Immediate Past Board Chair
Rebecca Marks Jimerson, Community Activist – Vice-Chair
Jack Carney – Arvest Bank – Treasurer
Dwight Eskew – AAON – Secretary

Doug DeJarnette – Vast. Bank
Kimberly Honea – Sharp Development
Wendy Hosterman – NASH Communications
Joseph Hull, III – Barthelmes Foundation
Will Jones – Pray Walker
Sharon King Davis – Community Activist
Ken Levit –
Chris Lilly – Lilly Architects
Sean Latham – University of Tulsa
Maren Lively – Jones Gotcher
Bob Purgason – Purgason Partners
Ellen Risk – Coldwell Banker Select
Priya Raju – Kripalaya Dance Company
Vicente Ruiz – VR Electrical
Scott Schingan – ONEOK
Jessica Sisemore – Tulsa Community Foundation
Trevor Smith – Williams Companies
Velia Lopez – Oklahoma Indigent People System
Bob Winchester – BancFirst

” Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ~ Warren Bennis

Photo: Greenwood Cultural Center

What Our Clients Say

“Twisted Arts used funding in 2023 to: work with and hire 28 local artists, provide a screening and Q&A with the Director for “A RUN FOR MORE” on Transgender Day of Visibility, a Pride Kickoff party on the rooftop of Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Two-Spirit Fest, the
only festival in Oklahoma that is dedicated to two-spirit artists and Twisted Arts Film Festival.”

-Twisted Arts