Every three years, Oklahoma watches as a group of local artists showcase their work in the state’s visual arts coalition project, Art 365. Artists are given $12,000 and a year to create innovative artwork in collaboration with a nationally recognized curator. “The ‘Art 365′ program kind of puts us on the map in the art world. We’re doing conceptual, ambitious projects here that are really on par with some of the larger arts communities in cities nationwide,” says Lauren Scarpello, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s (OVAC) Associate Director.

A total of 78 artists applied to Art 365, however only Narciso Arguelles, Pete Froslie, Andy Mattern, Kelly Rogers, Amy McGirk, and James McGirk got to work with Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, on five projects high on both concept and personalization.

Turkovic, who holds a masters degree in curatorial studies from Goldsmiths College-University of London, believes that the purpose of Art 365 is to give people a model for how one can function in a highly conceptual art space by bringing artists together and producing artwork with minimal money, using cost-efficient methods. They hope that with the potential for satellite spaces in other cities, it would allow them to bring St. Louis artists in other cities. “We are hoping to build more gallery kits in other places and turn over the space to curators to run the space as a loose network,” she adds.

Art 365 has been giving a hand to artists around the state of Oklahoma for 28 years. So far, it has provided 1,700 artists with education, funding and exposure. It has hosted around an audience of 24,000 with the help of 275 volunteers. Other than Art 365, Oklahoma’s arts and culture scene is pretty busy. There are three festivals held every year to unite more than 50 independent galleries showcasing local artists, including Festival of Arts, Paseo Arts Festival and DeadCENTER Film Festival.