The vocation of every man and woman is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy


In The arts on August 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

No organization does more for Oklahoma artists than the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). Since 1988 they have  developed unique programs that enable and encourage artists to create.

Looking at the things that OVAC does right could be instructive for any nonprofit:

  • Mission driven- their mission is present in all aspects of their work.
  • Large donor base- this allows them to remain free of the constraints sometimes imposed when an organization is over reliant on large donors.
  • Large volunteer base- the small staff (3.5) accomplishes a tremendous amount because so many people believe in OVAC.
  • Strong leadership- the board is committed to the organization and maintains a appropriate relationship with the executive director, Julia Kirt.
  • Strong Staff- OVAC retains good people for much longer than most nonprofits.

This list could be much longer. If you are at all interested in visual art and you live in Oklahoma there is no better way to show support than by joining OVAC.

  1. Thanks Josh. This means a lot to us. Every nonprofit struggles with keeping the mission/vision at the fore as the day-to-day realities press in. We are grateful that board, funders and volunteers help OVAC constantly refocus on what artists need.

  2. no organization does more for oklahoma artists than ovac. so true.

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