Oklahoma City, OK – Registration is open now through October 14 for the 2011 Oklahoma Arts Conference, scheduled October 26 – 27 at the new Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Tulsa. Registration is $50 per person. 

With the theme, “Greater than the Sum: Sharing a United Vision for the Arts” the fifth annual statewide conference will highlight the arts in Tulsa, including the Brady Arts District and the forthcoming Hardesty Arts Center. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett will open the conference, and sessions will focus on marketing, social media, community development, fundraising, and arts advocacy. 

“We are excited to highlight the Tulsa arts community and its role in revitalizing downtown Tulsa,” said Oklahoma Arts Council executive director, Suzanne Tate.

 Featured speakers will include Tom Barnett, the former planning director for the City of Paducah, Kentucky who helped Paducah become a national model for using arts and culture for economic development and revitalization. Author and career-building coach, Alyson Stanfield will lead sessions on marketing for artists and arts organizations. Stanfield has helped thousands of artists and organizations around the world promote their work more effectively. Oklahomans for the Arts director, Jennifer James will discuss the new arts advocacy organization’s mission and goals.

 Conference registration includes a one-year year membership with Oklahomans for the Arts. The conference will also include a State legislative panel featuring State Representatives Jeannie McDaniel, Jadine Nollan, and Jabar Shumate, and State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre. Panel members will discuss what they need from arts supporters in order to make informed public policy decisions. Pre-conference sessions will be held October 26, and will include a hardhat tour of the new Hardesty Arts Center, currently under construction in the Brady Arts District; a tour of the Philbrook Museum of Art; marketing material review sessions for artists; and a session about the creative process and problem solving. 
Other activities will include an opening reception at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and an evening gallery walk of arts spaces in the Brady Arts District. 

 Each year, hundreds of arts organizations, artists, city and community planners, mayors, students, educators and others from throughout the state gather at the Oklahoma Arts Conference for professional development and networking opportunities. The conference is part of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s efforts to strengthen the state’s arts and cultural industry. 

The Oklahoma Arts Conference is presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Oklahomans for the Arts, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

 Registration and information about conference sessions is available at www.arts.ok.gov or (405) 521-2013. ###