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The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Arts District of Ada are partnering to present a Town Hall Meeting for the Arts at East Central University on Nov. 30 [WEDNESDAY] to provide an overview of Council grants and programs available for organizations, schools, artists and local governments.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Regents Room in ECU’s Knight Hall.

Bridget Forshay, community development coordinator for the arts district, said the town hall meeting is part of the council’s efforts to strengthen arts and cultural resources in Ada and the southeastern part of the state.

“The Arts District of Ada has been working with the Oklahoma Arts Council to make Ada an important community for developing arts and cultural resources in this part of Oklahoma,” she said. “Our partnership with the council gives organizations and artists access to valuable support.”

During the meeting the council will provide an overview of the agency’s grant process with tips on how to improve grant writing and arts programming. Staff will discuss efforts to create cultural districts around the state and talk about their Leadership Arts program. The council’s education curator will highlight free resources available to educators for teaching Oklahoma history through art and discuss opportunities for local grade schools to bring in artists for school-wide performances. Attendees will be given time to network and discuss their needs.

Ada is one of three Oklahoma Regional Arts Network communities. The Oklahoma Arts Council established the network in 2010 to foster cultural development and increase funding to rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.

There is no cost to participate. An optional lunch will be provided for $10. To register, contact Bridget Forshay at 580-559-5296 or

For more information, contact Kim McCoy, Oklahoma Arts Council director of cultural development at 405-521-2013 or

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