Town Hall Meeting for the Arts to be at Northwestern Nov. 6

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Town Hall Meeting for the Arts to be at Northwestern Nov. 6

October 29, 2009

The Oklahoma Arts Council is partnering with Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva to host a Town Hall Meeting for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 6. The meeting will take place in the Alabaster Room, third floor of Vinson Hall.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to participate, and it’s open to the public. A nominal fee will be collected for lunch. To register, please contact Dr. Mike Knedler, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (580) 327-8590 or via email at

Executive Director Suzanne Tate said this meeting will benefit organizations and citizens who wish to increase opportunities for artistic activities and cultural development in their region of Oklahoma.

“This is a great opportunity for community arts organizations, educators, arts supporters, government leaders and social service providers to become familiar with the Oklahoma Arts Council’s grants and services,” Tate said.

The Alva meeting is one of several town hall meetings to be held across the state.

Knedler said Northwestern is excited to have the Oklahoma Arts Council come to Alva.

“The fact that this kind of hands-on assistance and level of resources is coming here is just huge” he said. “I cannot stress enough that arts organizations in northern and northwestern Oklahoma should take advantage of this opportunity.”

During the daylong meeting, the Council’s grants director also will conduct a grant application workshop. Council staff will offer consultation and advice on arts programming and funding, as well as designing effective community-based arts programs. Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to network about arts activities in their communities and share information they feel would benefit their communities or region of the state.

For more information, please contact Cultural Development Director Georgia Williams at (405) 521-2024 or via email at