Meet the State Arts Action Network Team

Julia Kirt

Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts

Oklahomans for the Arts
111 Nw 9Th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-5808
T 405.887.3515
Council term expires in 2020

As Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages public support for arts and culture across the state.  She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. For the previous 15 years, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, working with more than 5,000 artists around Oklahoma, through training, funding, exhibitions and publications to help them create sustainable careers and outstanding artwork.  She instigated innovative community programs such as the Momentum exhibition highlighting young artists, Art 365 exhibition that offers the largest artist awards in the region, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship focused on regional dialogue in the arts.
Kirt participated in the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation. She also was a Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a partnership between Stanford Graduate School and National Arts Strategies. Kirt was named a “Forty under Forty Making a Difference” by Oklahoma Magazine and “40 under 40” by OKC Business and an “Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record.  She received the “Emerging Leadership Award” from the Americans for the Arts in 2008. She also received an Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for her work. 
Kirt is an active advocate for public education, volunteering for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and her own children's elementary school. Responding to cuts to arts education, she helped establish the Arts Partnership for OKCPS, connecting local community arts organizations to ensure all students have a full education including the arts. She completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.