OKLAHOMA CITY (December 4, 2019) – Staff of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the official state agency for the support and development of the arts, are embarking on a tour of Oklahoma, co-hosting a series of community conversations with residents across the state. They are encouraging participation by any Oklahoman who has ideas for using the arts to strengthen communities and schools.

An Oklahoma Arts Council Cornerstone Conversations tour stop will take place in Shawnee on Tuesday, December 10, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. The tour is part of the agency’s efforts to learn how the arts can meet needs across the state. Community feedback will inform the creation of the Oklahoma Arts Council five-year strategic plan.

“Our purpose in going out and spending time with people is to make sure we hear from Oklahomans representing all communities,” Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said. “Designed as an inclusive process, these conversations will be the cornerstone of a plan for leveraging the arts to make Oklahoma a top ten state.”

Each Cornerstone Conversations session is co-facilitated with local residents. Activities include individual exercises and small group discussion in addition to the opportunity to provide written feedback. Sessions close with a 30-minute networking break that will include light refreshments.

Seating for each session may be limited. There is no cost to attend, however reservations are requested for planning purposes.

Accommodations may be provided for individuals with specific needs who are interested in participating in a listening session. Individuals with accessibility needs should contact the Oklahoma Arts Council in advance of a session.

Cornerstone Conversations will take place in communities throughout Oklahoma during 2019 and 2020. Additional tour stops will be announced soon.

To reserve a seat, or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Heidi Costello at heidi.costello@arts.ok.gov or (405) 521-2040.

About the Oklahoma Arts Council

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages the art collections at the Oklahoma State Capitol. More information is available at arts.ok.gov.