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Opinion

January 31, 2014

Norman Arts or Allied Arts?

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NORMAN —

The choice, of course, remains with the individual donor.

It should be said, the question here is not the programming of the three Norman arts organizations, or even the other Allied Arts member agencies in Oklahoma City and Shawnee. These Norman organizations are worthy of support from any quarter for their exemplary service to our community.

But, then, the same could be said of their 26 sister organizations who are not receiving member agency funds from Allied Arts.

The question here is the support of the Norman community for its own arts programs.

In closing, consider this: We here in Norman are continually advised by the Norman Chamber of Commerce to “shop local.” The United Way of Norman has gone to great lengths to capture the donations of Norman residents working in Oklahoma City to support Norman social services. Both of these premiere community service organizations understand the critical importance of investing in our community.

In my opinion, it should be the same with patronage to Norman arts organizations.

To quote the United Way of Norman website, “Give where you live.”

Norman H. Hammon has served as a consultant / trainer to several Central Oklahoma arts organizations. He is the author of the book “Fund Raising … for the rest of us,” is a grant writing instructor at OSU-OKC and is a former member of the Norman City Council.

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