Sequestration Reduces Arts Funding in Oklahoma

Jun 7, 2013

Arts and cultural programs in Oklahoma may have a harder time securing funding from the state in the coming fiscal year 2014.

That’s because sequester cuts have reduced the National Endowment for the Arts budget, which in turn has meant tightening at the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Director of Marketing Joel Gavin says it will likely impact agencies’ ability to collect private support as well.

“Private funders often ask if they have received an Oklahoma Arts Council grant,” he said, “or if they’ve received any sort of public funding, before they’ll commit.”

OAC reports it will have $47,600 less to invest than last fiscal year, due to the 6.6 percent reduction in its National Endowment for the Arts grant.