Oklahomans for the Arts
111 Nw 9Th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-5808
Council term expires in 2018
As the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages support for arts and culture across the state, especially public investment. 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.
She received the “Emerging Leadership Award” from the Americans for the Arts in 2008. 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 Leader in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Art, Media and Design and 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. Kirt received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014.
Kirt serves the broader community as Vice-President of the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma and co-chair of Cultural Plan implementation. 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.