Enriching lives through the arts.

Shortt Dogg Performance at Arts Council OKC Summer Twilight Concert Series

Fighting for arts and funding 40+ agencies.

Nearly $95M impact and growing since 1971

But we do more than raise money. We advocate for the arts. We promote arts education – and raise awareness of its impact in our schools, communities and state. And to keep our network of cultural nonprofits strong, we offer many levels of technical and organizational support.

the project

Allied Arts was formed in 1971 as a way for the community to support and engage with central Oklahoma’s cultural groups.

Our annual campaign raises critical funding for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the community. From corporations and foundations to nonprofits and people just like you, everyone can make a difference. Funding helps local arts organizations with their operating, program and educational budgets. Allied Arts also helps organizations keep ticket prices low – and offer free events – so more people community-wide can experience the arts. Creating hands-on arts education for schoolchildren across the state is also possible because of campaign funding.

Our Mission

Enriching lives through advancement of the arts.

Our Vision

To be the driving force for the arts in Oklahoma’s dynamic growth.

Sunny Cearley
President & CEO

Sunny Cearley serves as President/CEO for Allied Arts. Cearley came to Allied Arts from her role as Senior Vice President of Membership for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Prior to that, she spent almost a decade leading sales efforts for The Journal Record Publishing Company. Before working in the arts full-time, Cearley sat on the executive committee for The Civic Center Foundation and on the advisory board for El Sistema Oklahoma. She is passionate about the fact that art improves the quality of life and supports economic development in our community. Cearley holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a Master of Journalism from the University of North Texas. She is graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 30 and LOYAL Class III.

Jennifer Bryan
Director of Grants and Foundation Relations

Jennifer is the Director of Grants and Foundation Relations. Originally from New Orleans, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, friends and her Jack Russell Terrier, traveling to her favorite places, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. As a proud graduate of Louisiana State University, she can often be seen wearing purple and gold while saying her favorite phrase, “Geaux Tigers!”

Robert Schultheis
Director of Finance & Operations

Rob oversees finance, business planning, budgeting and human resources for Allied Arts. He has an M.B.A. in Finance & Marketing and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado/Boulder. When not shuttling the kids between theater rehearsals and sports practices, Rob enjoys traveling, savoring good wine, and watching college football. He and his wife Jaime have two children, Charlie and Sawyer.

Ciarra Kelly
Data & Reporting Analyst

Ciarra Kelly serves as the Data & Reporting Analyst at Allied Arts. Before serving in this position, Ciarra was involved in Life Change Ballroom Academy, a non-profit organization which was an Allied Arts grantee. Experiencing firsthand how the arts shaped her life, she wants to make sure she does her part in shaping others through the arts. With her two beautiful children, Ashton and Avaiyah, Ciarra enjoys serving the community with her church and loves visiting close relatives.

Courtney Lavender
Campaign Manager

Courtney serves as the Campaign Manager and will oversee the fundraising campaign for Allied Arts. She also oversees the organization's fundraising events. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and a minor in Non-Profit Management. Courtney loves spending time with her family, especially her Labrador Retriever. When she’s not planning Allied Arts’ next event, you can find Courtney relaxing with friends, trying something new, or traveling.

Enid Hennen
Development Manager

Enid serves is a Development Manager and oversees the OKCityCard program for Allied Arts. She has degrees in Percussion Performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and taught for eight years in the roles of band director, general music teacher and art teacher. Enid enjoys traveling, hiking, playing music, and making art for friends and family.

Jenyann Roig
Strategic Communications Manager

Jenyann Roig is an Emmy Award-winning writer and works as the Strategic Communications Manager for Allied Arts. She oversees the Allied Arts social media, marketing and communication efforts along with advocacy efforts for the organization. Prior to joining the team, Jenyann worked as a journalist in Oklahoma for 12 years. When she’s not working, you can catch her at a Thunder game or exploring all the amazing things Oklahoma City has to offer.

Joseph Messick
Finance Associate / Office Administrator

Joseph processes payments and conducts research. An Oklahoma City boy, born and raised, Joseph has a BMA in viola performance from DePauw University School of Music as well as his MM in viola performance and MA in Nonprofit Leadership - Arts Administration from Oklahoma City University. In his off hours, Joseph enjoys playing video games, researching Ludomusicology (study of video game music), and performing with Mariachi Orgullo de America as well as the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony.

Nicole Wayne
board relations manager

Nicole serves as the Board Relations Manager. Prior to joining Allied Arts, Nicole served as the Manager of Executive Administration at The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Nicole is married to her husband, Kenneth and together they have one fur-baby, Betty. When Nicole isn't working, she is most likely shopping at Target, snuggling with Betty or binging a show with her husband.

Shannon Lockwood
Senior Development Manager

Shannon is the Senior Development Manager and oversees the employee giving program. She grew up in Edmond and earned a degree in Music Education from OU. She is a percussionist and spent the first 12 years of her career teaching 6th through 12th grade band. Shannon is married to a caring and hard-working man, and she has one cat and two giant fluffy dogs. She is a vegetarian, loves the beach, and enjoys exercising daily. Her life goal is to leave people and things better than she found them.

Jennifer Bryan
Director of Grants and Foundation Relations

Jennifer is the Director of Grants and Foundation Relations. Originally from New Orleans, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, friends and her Jack Russell Terrier, traveling to her favorite places, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. As a proud graduate of Louisiana State University, she can often be seen wearing purple and gold while saying her favorite phrase, “Geaux Tigers!”


2023-2024 Board of Directors

Executive Committee
  • Chair:
    Glen Maynard
  • Vice Chair:
    Aimee Harlow
  • Secretary:
    Grant DeFehr
  • Treasurer:
    Max Myers
  • 2024 Campaign Co-Chair:
    Sean Trauschke
  • 2024 Campaign Co-Chair:
    Jill Trauschke
  • 2024 Honorary Chair:
    Dick Tanenbaum
  • 2024 Honorary Chair:
    Glenna Tanenbaum
  • Advocacy Sub-Committee Chair:
    Ben Kirk
  • Agency Relations Chair:
    Aimee Harlow

Allocations Finance Sub-Committee Chair:
Grant DeFehr

  • Allocations Sub-Committee Chair:
    Debbie Nauser
  • Board Management Chair:
    Michael Laird
  • Communications, Marketing and Advocacy Chair:
    Hillary Farrell
  • Education & Small Grants Sub-Committee Chair:
    Usha Turner
  • Events Chair:
    Valerie Naifeh
  • Finance Chair:
    Max Myers
  • HR/DEI/Succession Planning Chair:
    Heather Wilson
  • Immediate Past Chair:
    Steve Mason
  • OKCity Card Chair:
    Dana Harper
  • Planned Giving Sub-Committee Chair:
    Paul Dudman
  • Strategic Planning Chair:
    David Woods
  • Technology Chair:
    Chuck Thompson
  • Workplace Giving Chair:
    Kati Christ
  • Member At Large:
    Russ Harrison
  • Member At Large:
    Gail Huneryager
  • Tori Perry
  • James A. Pickel
  • Taylor Shinn

Board of Directors
  • Alex Bagby
  • Dr. Stefanie Beavers
  • Mark Beffort
  • Craig Boelte
  • Tyler Bolton
  • Sec. Dan Boren
  • Cordell Brown
  • Betsy Brunsteter
  • Gabrielle Butler
  • Brian Byrnes
  • Kelly Caviness
  • Kati Christ
  • Jason Constable
  • Grant DeFehr
  • Paul Dudman
  • Rodney England
  • Tracy Enloe
  • Christy Everest *
  • Jim Everest *
  • Joshua Fahrenbruck
  • Hillary Farrell
  • Peter Farrell
  • Polly Fleet
  • Mark Funke*
  • Ashley Gockstetter
  • Bailey Gordon
  • Jennifer Gray
  • Jeffrey Groves
  • Brooke Haneborg
  • Linda C. Haneborg *
  • Aimee Harlow
  • Dana Harper
  • Russ Harrison
  • Judy Hatfield *
  • Morgan Henry
  • Jorge Hernandez
  • John Higginbotham
  • David Holt **
  • Gail Huneryager
  • Scott Inman
  • Sunil Isaac
  • Ann Johnstone *
  • Stephen Keenan
  • D. Benham Kirk
  • Debra Kos
  • Michael Laird
  • Harrison Levy *
  • Judy Love *
  • Joan S. Maguire *
  • Steve Mason
  • Glen Maynard
  • Jere W. McKenny *
  • Geron Morgan
  • Max Myers
  • Valerie Naifeh
  • Debbie Nauser
  • Collins Peck
  • Tori Perry
  • James A. Pickel
  • Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell
  • Frederick Redwine
  • Leah Roper
  • Taylor Shinn
  • Blair Sims
  • Lee Allan Smith*
  • Sage Smith
  • Jeff Starling
  • Steven Sylke
  • Suzie Symcox
  • Chuck Thompson
  • Debbie Thompson
  • Lonny Towell
  • Carol Troy*
  • Mike Turpen*
  • Usha Turner
  • Alba Weaver
  • Marcus Whitworth
  • Heather Wilson
  • David Woods
*Denotes Honorary
**Denotes Ex-officio

No Board events this month!


Paid Internship

All applications must be submitted to jobs@alliedartsokc.com.
This job will provide interns an engaging and valuable experience within our organization and gain an understanding of how a nonprofit organization operates on a daily basis.

Senior Development Manager

All applications must be submitted to jobs@alliedartsokc.com.

The Senior Development Manager plays a key role in Allied Arts fundraising operations. They work to secure new donors and increase giving from existing donors. They develop bold giving ideas through a collaborative process with colleagues and senior leadership, based on research and experiences with donors. The Senior Development Manager also works with senior management, the Campaign Cabinet, and board members to increase revenue.

Events Manager

All applications must be submitted to jobs@alliedartsokc.com.

The Events Manager is responsible for all Allied Arts events; both direct fundraising events and indirect (stewardship) events. The Events Manager is critical to the success of established events and helps to develop new events in support of the Allied Arts mission including community events where Allied Arts may be named as the beneficiary (special dinners, runs, etc.). The Events Manager oversees the events committees - motivates and direct staff and community volunteers related to special events, leading these teams to insure successful events. The Events Manager plans and manages events event expenses and oversees fiscal management of event planning, treating these functions as a positive net revenue source.

Applications open for COVID relief for Oklahoma County cultural nonprofits
Allied Arts has announced the opening of applications for a new grant program, COVID Relief for Oklahoma County Cultural Nonprofits. Allied Arts received $350,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from District 1 Commissioner Carrie Blumert and District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan.
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Oklahoma County Commissioners approve ARPA funding for arts and cultural sector
July 5, 2023
Oklahoma County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal investing $350,000 into District 1 and District 2 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Led by Allied Arts, the proposal sought the investment to rebuild arts and cultural infrastructure for Oklahoma County.
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Allied Arts Exceeds 2024 Campaign Goal of $3.73 Million
Allied Arts thanks leadership and volunteers for helping organization reach and exceed goal
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The Oklahoman | 182 Oklahoma nonprofit arts organizations set to benefit from $10M in ARPA funds