Community Impact 2023

By actively championing and promoting the arts in Tulsa,

you play a pivotal role in fostering a culture that cherishes and prioritizes artistic expression. Your engagement heightens awareness, increases participation, and drives investment in the arts, fostering a vibrant and flourishing creative ecosystem.

Your involvement is not just a donation; it’s an investment in the soul of our city. Together, we’re shaping a future where the arts thrive, enriching the lives of all who call Tulsa home. Thank you for being a crucial part of this transformative journey.

Fueling Creativity:

Impact of Grants on Member Organizations

At Arts Alliance Tulsa, we believe in the power of the arts to transform communities. Your support and the grants we secure are pivotal in driving this transformation. Here’s a glimpse into how our member organizations utilize the funds, igniting creativity and enriching Tulsa’s cultural tapestry:

Fostering Innovation:

With your contributions, member organizations are empowered to push creative boundaries. Grants enable them to experiment with new projects, exhibitions, and performances, fostering an environment where innovation thrives.

Community Outreach and Engagement

Arts Alliance Tulsa aims to make the arts accessible to all. Grant funds support initiatives that bring the community closer to the arts through educational programs, workshops, or events. Your investment helps us build bridges between artists and audiences.

Supporting Arts Education

We are passionate about nurturing the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. Your support is pivotal in enhancing arts education in Tulsa. Here's how member organizations utilize these funds to spark creativity in young minds:

Enhancing Cultural Experiences

Thanks to your generosity, we can bring diverse and enriching cultural experiences to Tulsa. Grants help member organizations curate captivating exhibitions, performances, and installations, contributing to the city's cultural vibrancy.

Economic Empowerment:

Beyond cultural enrichment, your support propels the arts in Tulsa to become a significant economic force. The creative sector generates employment opportunities, attracts tourism, stimulates local businesses, and influences corporate decisions and residential choices. Corporations are drawn to cities with a vibrant arts scene, recognizing its role in fostering innovation and a high quality of life. Additionally, individuals are increasingly choosing to live in cities that prioritize access to the arts, enhancing Tulsa's overall appeal and desirability as a place to call home.

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What they say

“The 2023 Arts Alliance Tulsa made an incredible impact on our general operating expenses. Securing funding for general operations is very difficult especially now that fixed monthly costs continue to increase. The generous support from AAT allowed us to maintain our world-class facility and employ a quality staff. Without the foundation and structure of operational expenses, none of our incredible programming would be possible. We also receive many benefits from being a member of Arts Alliance Tulsa beyond the monetary contribution. Being a part of the AAT community means we are connected to the most up-to-date information regarding grant opportunities. AAT also supports us through recognition and publicity when possible. It has been a rough road after COVID with many lingering effects on the arts sector and AAT has created as many opportunities as possible to support us.”

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More of what they have to say

Arts Alliance Tulsa provides unrestricted grants, which are rare. It is our strong belief that the non-profit arts organizations awarded AAT grants should have the flexibility to put the money where they see it is needed most and then report on how it was used.

From hiring teaching artists and new talent to updated software and new tech, each funding choice they make, including keeping the lights on so work may continue, plays an important part in sustaining and helping grow each arts organization in Tulsa. 

Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild
2023 grant impact

The 2023 grant from Arts Alliance Tulsa (AAT) allowed Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild to fund the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild sewing education initiative, Tulsa Sews. 
Tulsa Sews is an initiative of the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild to foster skill development necessary for learning the art of sewing. Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild will offer grants for teaching the basic skills of quilt making and/or garment construction. 
Tulsa Sews is structured as a grant so that every grant cycle is funded to a different instructor in a different area of Tulsa teaching a different sewing technique to a different population. This assures diversity in education rather than the same curriculum taught repeatedly in the same location to the same micro community.
AAT Funds were also used to purchase supplies for members to create original baby quilts for distribution at Art in the Park to clients of Emergency Infant Services.

Latimer-Cooksey Arts and Cultural Foundation

The grant money received was used to pay a portion of our art teachers’ salaries. We were able to use the funds to purchase costumes and supplies to make the sets for the productions we presented.

Vocal Pride Foundation
2023 grant impact

Council oak celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in 2023 and the generous grant money from AAT helped us pay regular expenses and keep our employees paid and on staff. This also helped us purchase new music and add 2 extra concert performances to our calendar. … Because of our grant from AAT, we were able to hire a professional to record all the voice parts and thus begin building our rehearsal library. We were able to have vocal tracks recorded for all four concerts we performed in 2023!

Harmony Project Tulsa
2023 grant impact

Our last AAT Grant helped fund our Harmony Project Teaching Artist Salaries. The AAT Grant helped us make a greater impact!

Tulsa Glassblowing School
2023 grant impact

TGS was able to upgrade obsolete hotshop essentials – 2 industry specific benches, a large marver table as well as 2 torch stands and basic bench tools. These items are used daily by students and staff and are critical to glassblowing. The ability to offer a larger marver table for the upcoming Summer workshops places TGS in line with state of the art hot glass organizations throughout the country. These funds also assisted in supporting a visiting artist (Ohio) who was instrumental in the fabrication of those items to meet industry standards. Additionally remaining funds will be used to assist with operational needs through the first and second quarter of 2024.

Craft Productions
2023 grant impact

Craft Productions is using our AAT grant to hire a grant writer. We realize, as an organization, that we have to exhaust every funding opportunity available.
The gift of this grant will also assist in paying for our royalties for our summer production.
We are so appreciative to not only be a member of the artistic community but to have an umbrella organization, AAT, for all of us to collaborate and work together.

Theatre North
2023 grant impact

Our plans are to spend funds to include the following: a new computer, other technology devices, technical support, security, Wi-Fi, Dropbox, PO Box Rental, office equipment and supplies, conference attendance and training, solidify a sustainability plan, and to hire personnel to assist our executive director where needed.

Tulsa Opera
2023 grant impact

Tulsa Opera gratefully used funding from Arts Alliance Tulsa to help cover the costs of our 2023 productions. In particular, these funds assisted with our October production of “The Medium” by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Oklahoma Performing Arts
2023 grant impact

In the most practical terms, we used the funds for utilities.

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
2023 grant impact

… The AAT grant had a profound impact, allowing us to offer our visitors a unique and culturally rich experience. By presenting these historical and artistic artifacts, we provided a window into the diverse expressions of Jewish faith and tradition, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation among our audience.

More impact statements can be found in the 2023 community impact report

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