Oklahoma City – Schools statewide are eligible for free field trips to the Oklahoma State Capitol through a program being offered by the Oklahoma Arts Council. The Council's Capitol Art Travel Subsidy program reimburses schools for eligible travel costs to the Capitol where students can learn about Oklahoma history through the Capitol Art Collection.

During their visit, students and teachers can view over 100 works of art that tell the story of Oklahoma through the important people, land, and events in the state's history. The artwork includes monumental murals, large-scale bronze sculptures, and portraits.

In addition to the Capitol's permanent artwork, schools can tour the historic building's four art galleries, register for a free DVD about the Capitol Art Collection, and access related online lessons and activities. The Council also offers a field trip guide that can be downloaded from its website to assist teachers in taking students on a tour of the Capitol art.

"The art at the Oklahoma State Capitol offers an exciting way for students to learn about our state's history," Council executive director, Suzanne Tate said. "Stories about events like the Land Run or famous Oklahomans like Will Rogers and Jim Thorpe come alive for students when they see them portrayed in the art."

Oklahoma's state Capitol is unique among state capitol buildings for the amount of artwork housed in and around the building and on the Capitol grounds. The art helps tell the story of Oklahoma to thousands of visitors and students each year.

The Capitol Art Travel Subsidy program is made possible through a partnership with the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

To apply, schools can contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2020 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov. Due to limited funds schools are encouraged to apply now for fall, winter, or spring field trips. More information is available at www.arts.ok.gov.

About the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.

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(405) 521-2931
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