Ovation TV, America’s premier arts network, today announced that it has recognized Oklahoma City as part of its national and local Stand For The Arts initiative that encourages community support for local artists and arts organizations. With arts and culture providing millions of dollars in economic activity and employing thousands of people in Oklahoma City, the initiative encourages support of the arts and arts organizations essential to the economic and mental health recovery from the covid pandemic.
In support of local arts and culture, Mayor David Holt presented a $10,000 Stand For The Arts Award to Oklahoma Shakespeare funded by Ovation TV that will be used for 2022 programming. In addition, a PSA featuring Mayor Holt will air nationally on Ovation TV: https://www.ovationtv.com/sfta/partner-initiatives/
Stand For The Arts (SFTA) is Ovation TV’s intersectional grassroots campaign comprised of arts & culture workers, unions, and institutions to advocate for support and relief to the arts & culture sector of the American economy. SFTA highlights the people and programs across America that enrich their local communities through art.
“We’re excited to have Ovation shine a spotlight on Oklahoma City as part of its Stand For The Arts initiative and our own Oklahoma Shakespeare celebrated nationally,” stated Mayor Holt. “And we certainly hope that our cable company, Cox Communications will carry Ovation TV like they do in Virginia to help support this important initiative and bring arts and cultural programming to Oklahoma.”
Added Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation TV and Founder of Stand For The Arts: “Ovation and Stand For The Arts are pleased to highlight the arts community of Oklahoma City. We are doubly pleased to join Mayor Holt in congratulating Oklahoma Shakespeare and also hope Cox Communications adds Ovation TV to help recognize Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Shakespeare and bring quality arts programming to the community.”
More information about Stand For The Arts and the Stand For The Arts Awards is available at www.standforthearts.com.