Professional Development Support for Oklahoma Leadership Arts Program


Participate in this 2020 program from our partners at Oklahoma Arts Council

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to partner with the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) to provide financial support to individuals who are selected for OAC’s 2020 Leadership Arts program. This program equips approximately thirty participants from throughout the state to become leaders and advocates for the arts in their communities. During four two-day sessions held in the spring, selected participants learn about the role of the arts in economic development, education, and quality of life. Participants attend the Oklahoma Arts Conference in the fall of 2020, where they graduate from Leadership Arts during a special ceremony.

With this Professional Development Support program from M-AAA, we aim to promote equity in the arts by 1) cultivating and supporting multicultural leadership and cultural development in rural and under-resourced communities; and 2) ensuring access to arts leadership training to geographically isolated representatives across the state.

The cost per person to participate in the 2020 Leadership Arts program is estimated at $2,000 (this amount includes tuition, travel, lodging, and meals for all four spring sessions and the fall Oklahoma Arts Conference). Each class member is responsible for their individual costs to participate in Leadership Arts. M-AAA Professional Development Support will be provided as reimbursement for up to $1,000 for approved applicants. A final report and receipts must be submitted to M-AAA before reimbursement will be provided. The following expenses are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Tuition
  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Meals

Funding for M-AAA Professional Development Support is limited. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Self identify as a person of color
  • Live in an Oklahoma community with a population of less than 50,000 people
  • Live in the following counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Choctaw, Cimarron, Coal, Craig, Dewey, Ellis, Garvin, Grant, Harmon, Harper, Haskell, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Major, Marshall, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Wagoner, Washita
  • Self identify as a person with a disability
  • Speak English as a second language

Professional Development Support notification will follow acceptance into OAC’s 2020 Leadership Arts program. Applications are due Monday, December 2 at 12:00 p.m.

Apply here