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Tip Sheet for the week including 2/15/2016


Edison artists earn honors



2/17/2016 , to


Edison High

2906 E. 41 St.


Derrick Schmidt


Kayla Andrus' winning NatureWorks photo Four young artists from Edison Preparatory High School have been honored in two separate recent art competitions.

Three of the students won 2016 Mayfest Young Artist Awards, which give five young artists $500 each to support their artistic goals. The winners will be honored at the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa's Harwelden Awards on March 4.

The Mayfest winning artists are:

  • Abby Carver, sculpture;
  • Sarah Karleskint, drawing; and
  • Kayla Andrus, photography.

The other two Mayfest Young Artist Award winners attend Union and Victory Christian.

Kayla was also honored in the Sutton NatureWorks Art Contest, along with Caitlin Hatfield.

The NatureWorks contest required students two submit a project essay with their artwork, explaining the subject and project and what impact, if any, the project may have on conservation.

Caitlin won $600 for her baby giraffe sculpture and essay about conservation, and Kayla won $400 for a photo of an eagle (pictured above) with an accompanying essay about eagle conservation issues.

Along with the four Edison students, Hale High School music teacher Patti Duncan is being honored with the Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award at the Harwelden Awards.



Rogers art teacher named to 2016 Leadership Arts class



2/10/2016 , to


Rogers College High

3909 E. 5 Pl.


Nicolette Dennis


Julianne Clark OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced the names of 33 people selected to participate in its 2016 Leadership Arts program, including Will Rogers College High School visual arts teacher Julianne Clark.

The group, who represent 23 Oklahoma communities, will gather throughout the spring to learn how to impact their communities through the arts and arts education.

Members of the 2016 class will join more than 240 individuals from 75 communities statewide who have participated in Leadership Arts since it began in 2008.

Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said the diversity of the 2016 class fits the agency's vision for the state's arts industry.

"This diverse group of future arts leaders represents a broad cross section of industries across Oklahoma, complementing our goal to see the robust nature of the arts influence every aspect of our citizens' lives," Sharples said. "In addition to artists, educators, and nonprofit administrators, our class includes a social worker, a college dean, marketing professionals, small business owners, chamber of commerce personnel, and city and tribal administrators."

The Oklahoma Arts Council places a high priority on geographic, cultural and professional diversity during the application process. Listed by community, members of the 2016 class of Leadership Arts include:

  • Lizabeth Rolfson, OK Mozart, Bartlesville;
  • Lori Lewis, The Museum of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow;
  • Margaret Goss, community volunteer, Carmen;
  • Cady Shaw, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, Catoosa;
  • Gina Flesher, Duncan Little Theatre, Duncan;
  • Greg White, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond;
  • Lisa Magyar, Creative Arts Enid, Enid;
  • Josh Setzer, Guymon Community Theatre, Goodwell;
  • Mary Moeller, Jenks Public Schools, Jenks;
  • Mary Helfenbein, McAlester Area Arts & Humanities Council, McAlester;
  • Randall Barnes, Inclusion in Art, Midwest City;
  • Taylor Mauldin Wagner, Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, Norman;
  • Emily Smart, Firehouse Art Center, Norman;
  • Christina Beatty, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City;
  • Michelle Bui, Norman Music Festival/Bui PR, LLC, Oklahoma City;
  • Cynthia Calloway, Territory Tellers of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City;
  • Mandy Messina, Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition, Oklahoma City;
  • Kelly Rogers, Heartline, Inc., Oklahoma City;
  • Suzanne Thomas, Rose State College, Oklahoma City;
  • Jerron Scott, Okmulgee Main Street, Okmulgee;
  • Joni Nash, Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, Pawhuska;
  • Kelsey Wagner, Ponca City Art Center, Ponca City;
  • Rita Montgomery, Sand Springs Public Schools, Sand Springs;
  • Shawna Goodwin, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater;
  • Janina Graves, Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater;
  • Tanya Lowrance, Murray State College, Sulphur;
  • Elizabeth Toombs, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Tahlequah;
  • Julianne Clark, Will Rogers College High School, Tulsa;
  • Okcate Smith, Ursa Minor Fiction, LLC, Tulsa;
  • Lauren Teague, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsa;
  • Beth Brady-Edwards, Brady Edwards Pottery & Art, Wagoner;
  • Crystal Simmons, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Woodward; and
  • Audrey Fitzsimmons, City of Yukon, Yukon;

About Leadership Arts

Through the Leadership Arts program, individuals receive in-depth training and strategies for using arts and cultural resources to strengthen local economies, improve education, and enhance quality of life. Approximately 30 class members are selected each year to meet during four two-day spring sessions where they participate in panel discussions, group activities, hands-on learning, and tours of community art spaces.

Class sessions for the 2016 program will take place at the Chickasaw Conference and Retreat Center in Sulphur, Feb. 24-25; Guymon, March 23-24; Muskogee, April 27-28; and Norman, May 25-26. Class members will graduate during the 2016 Oklahoma Arts Conference in Stillwater, Oct. 25-26.

Nationally recognized, the Leadership Arts program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a project of the Oklahoma Arts Council in cooperation with the communities of Sulphur, Guymon, Muskogee, Norman and Stillwater.

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 500 grants to almost 250 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state's arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at






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