OSU Museum of Art Advocates donate $12,000 to impact the arts in Stillwater Public Schools

Media Release

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Advocates and the Stillwater Public Education Foundation (SPEF) are partnering to provide a $12,000 sponsorship to support art education in Stillwater Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The sponsorship will give all elementary schools $1 per student for art supplies. The middle school, junior high and high school will also benefit by receiving this amount for students taking art classes. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to apply for grants twice a year through SPEF that encourage interdisciplinary curriculum and classroom teaching that integrate visual arts.

“Art is an essential part of education for all students; the creativity and confidence that it builds in children is invaluable,” said Jenifer Bartley, SPEF executive director.  “This donation will give teachers the opportunity to do what they do best — be innovative and creative while bringing an interdisciplinary approach to classroom teaching.”

According to Bartley, this is the first year both music and art will be available at all six Stillwater Public School elementary sites.

“The Art Advocates want to showcase how art enriches our lives and community,” said Jill Webber, Art Advocates co-chair. “We value the arts, and we want its opportunities available to everyone.”

The OSU Museum of Art Advocates support the museum and its outreach to the community through their advocacy, volunteering, and/or financial contributions. Learn more here.


About the OSU Museum of Art
For more information about the OSU Museum of Art, visit museum.okstate.edu or call 405-744-2780. The museum is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Hours are extended Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Admission is free, thanks to generous support from the OSU Museum of Art Advocates.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all.  As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. As America’s Healthiest Campus, OSU is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and the community. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated around 255,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.​