Participating Member organizations are located in Southwest Oklahoma and hold 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. They are organized to further the performing arts, the visual arts and the literary arts. In addition to their primary activities, Participating Members conduct public outreach activities and provide volunteers to support Arts for All fund-raising events. Participating Member groups benefit from quarterly allocations of funds raised by Arts For All, Inc.
The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra Society is devoted to promoting musical and educational activities to further musical understanding and appreciation in Southwest Oklahoma. The Society creates, organizes, maintains, and controls a symphony orchestra in Lawton. The orchestra has been presenting concerts since 1962, evolving from its volunteer beginnings to approximately 84 professional musicians. The society's goals include presenting quality symphonic music and education to tens of thousands of patrons each year and involving approximately 7000 area school students in symphonic music.
Lawton Community Theatre has been presenting exceptional plays since 1952. The mission of Lawton Community Theatre is to produce professional quality theatre; to encourage and educate talented individuals; to promote collaboration among the arts; and to enrich quality of life for the people of South West Oklahoma. As part of their outreach to area school children, LCT members reach more than 5000 students each year helping them learn about theatre and the performing arts.
The Lawton-Fort Sill Art Council was founded in 1955, and is open to anyone who desires to participate. The council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation, enjoyment, education and distribution of all types of art with the Lawton-Fort Sill community.
The council is run entirely by volunteers who maintain a beautiful facility in which the public can view various forms of art and participate in educational workshops. LFSAC meets monthly with meetings including an artist demonstration and/or lecture. As part of the council's outreach activities, the demonstrations are free and open to the public. The council also presents many hands-on workshops on days other than meetings. LFSAC is dedicated to enriching the lives of area children and reaches approximately 1000 children each year.
The Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society (WWPS) is dedicated to people interested in any aspect of photography, and has served Lawton, OK and the surrounding area since 1991. The group is focused on enjoying the art and fun of photography, sharing knowledge and learning, improving the photographic skills of members, and supporting the arts and community. As a public service, the group presents monthly classes on photography that are free and open to the public. WWPS members also teach free classes and workshops to civic groups, other organizations, and nearly 500 children in area schools each year.
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Established in 1978, Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild's mission is to nurture a love for the Art of Opera and the performers that bring Opera to life, by sponsoring numerous live performances, scholarships, and educational outreach programs. The group is dedicated to bringing opera performances and education to the public and to area school children. As part of this commitment, SOOG performances reach nearly 500 school children each year.
The Lawton Pro Musica Choir group has some of Southwest Oklahoma's finest singers. Their mission is to enrich Lawton and the surrounding area with concerts of outstanding choral music. Pro Musica provides performance opportunities for area vocal artists, educates and inspires young singers, and enhances the quality of life for area citizens. Besides performing for the general public, Pro Musica members are also dedicated to outreach in the schools, reaching approximately 500 children each year.
Affiliate Member organizations participate in activities or programs which are concerned, at least partially, with appreciation and development of the arts and humanities. These organizations need not hold a tax exempt status since they do not benefit from quarterly allocations of funds raised by Arts For All, Inc.
Blue Moon Productions excels in presenting cutting edge plays and one act programs, the kind you might see in much larger cities. These productions sometimes contain adult themes or language, but occasionally include popular shows that appeal to the whole family. Blue Moon Productions, Inc. is a non-profit organization and depends entirely on a very small staff of dedicated volunteers to run the entire operation.
FRIENDS OF THE LAWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Incorporated in 1964, the organization supports and promotes library-related programs that provide opportunities to engage in life-long learning. The group also sponsors and presents cultural programs for the public. These include Soulful Story, a Black History Month program and the annual Chautauqua in which live performers portray historical characters to inspire new views of the human experience. The Friends of the Lawton Public Library helped initiate and continues to support the Library's Digital Memory Center, enabling the public to digitize and preserve family photos, papers, cassettes, and other memories without charge.