“It’s hard for organizations to raise operational support,” Gavaghan said. “Membership drives, donations from Republic Bank and First American Bank, grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council are all important.”
NAC’s overall annual budget is approximately $150,000.
“In my four years here I have observed a huge impact that the arts have had on the Norman community,” Gavaghan said. “Second Friday Art Walk Nights attendance has increased and that means more people going into downtown businesses.”
“Start Norman” is a new program being launched this spring by NAC emphasizing how the arts can play a positive role in economic development and quality of life.
“It’s vital for any community,” Gavaghan said. “Just like having good schools and strong businesses.”
Norman is scheduled to host the Oklahoma Arts Conference this fall.
“Arts leaders from around Oklahoma will be here to see the great things that we’ve done here in town,” she said. “We’re a good example of how a community can be positively affected by the arts.”
NAC has been a leader in extending operational grants to the various arts organizations around town. Building support for and within these groups helps make Norman a richer place to live. Raising funds through the ONE Event helps keep the momentum going.
General admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to the VIP lounge, VIP after-party at Guestroom Records featuring a Velvet Underground Cover Band and invitations to the Pre-ONE wine tasting on March 27 at LOCAL. The ONES tickets are $100 and include entire VIP access as well as recognition as an event sponsor. To purchase tickets visit normanarts.org.
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