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In The arts on September 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

The opening night of deadCENTER was one of the coolest events that I attended in the last year. Thousands of people sitting on a closed off street in downtown OKC watching a documentary set partly in Oklahoma was kind of awesome. That evening was followed up by dozens of screenings of independent films all over OKC.

From their website:

The name “deadCENTER” refers to the geographic location of the festival – in Oklahoma City – the “dead center” of the United States. And because we’re downtown Oklahoma City, essentially we’re in the dead center of everything!  Founded in 2001, we envision a thriving, interactive global film community. We provide a competitive platform for independent filmmakers and a dynamic educational forum.  Designed to inspire growth in the local film industry and energize visiting film professionals, the deadCENTER Film Festival will continue to encourage the film arts through screenings, discussions, competition, special events, panels, and focused programming.




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.

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