Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence
Wilson Arts Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting arts integration, capital improvements, and teacher training at Wilson Elementary. Formed in 2005 by a group of invested community members, neighbors, and parents, Wilson Arts Inc.'s initial mission was to fundraise for the completion of a school addition. When the MAPS for Kids plans called for the elimination of the arts classrooms at Wilson, Wilson Arts Inc. put a plan into place to create permanent, designated spaces for our arts classes. Wilson Arts Inc. took the lead and raised over $711,000 to ensure that Wilson has a permanent home for music, visual art, strings, creative movement, and drama. With continued community support, Wilson Arts Inc. has continued to support vital improvements and instruction at Wilson Elementary.
Wilson Elementary is a 100-year-old, successful, diverse, and unique elementary school serving children in the heart of the urban core here in Oklahoma City. As the only arts integration school in Oklahoma City, we partner with the Black Liberated Arts Center and the Kennedy Center to implement our curriculum and support our staff. The Kennedy Center defines arts integration in elementary schools as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art for and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both." With several national awards under our belt, and the district's highest report cards and test scores, we are sold on the measurable results that arts integration has produced at Wilson!
Wilson Arts Inc. Board Members
Sarah Jordan, President
Meghan Bruner, Treasurer
Leah Kirkpatrick, Secretary
Sue Moss Sullivan
We love drama! Wilson Arts Inc. covers the expenses of a full-time drama instructor and after school program. As the only OKCPS school with full-time drama instruction, each Wilson Wise Wolf receives one to two hours of drama instruction each week. Our after school drama program is free to those who participate. This is our largest annual expense. Our drama program focuses on movement, dance, acting, and arts integration techniques that our students continue to use in their core subjects. Further, Wilson Arts Inc. funds off-site and on-site excursions in drama. Our students visit theaters in Oklahoma City to experience drama productions, and with the support of Oklahoma Children's Theatre, the receive on-site experiences through plays, workshops, and their Page to Stage program.
Training, training, training! From our counselor to our principal to our teachers, want each and every Wilson staff member to be well-trained and supported. Wilson Arts Inc. fundraises to send at least 10 teachers for a week-long Kennedy Center arts integration training seminar in Washington, D.C. each summer. However, we don't stop there! Teachers are encouraged to submit proposals to explore other trainings locally or throughout the country. We also bring arts integration trainers and staff support into the building multiple times a year.
Equipment! Wilson Arts Inc. values having a strings program at Wilson. After our initial purchase of a string instrument for each of our third and fourth graders, Wilson Arts Inc. has used our funds to ensure the maintenance, tuning, and replacement of these instruments. Whether it is drum kits for P.E., playground toys, or art supplies, we want to make sure our teachers have the tools they need for fun and learning.
Goals! As our school turns 100, we look to the past and the future! As OKCPS is making plans to construct a new gym on the Wilson property, Wilson Arts Inc. is making plans for a new playground. When the district is ready with the gym, we want to be ready with plans for a new, arts-focused playground! At the turn of our next century, we also look towards program expansion. We believe that it is important to adapt, change, and grow in education. We look forward to continuing to enhance all of our specials programs, but specifically, we hope to expand our drama and dance classes.
What else? There's more! As changes in our district and massive state-wide cuts to education effect our school, we strive to make sure that Wilson grows and changes in an intentional, thoughtful way that is best for our students, our staff, and our mission: nurturing our quest for knowledge through the arts. Wilson students, staff, and parents know that no matter what changes come our way, they have the support of Wilson Arts Inc. and our partners.
In response to the state's largest cuts in education funding, Wilson Arts Inc. began an annual fundraiser. In 2015, we raised over $45,000 at this event!
Join us as we host our fifth annual Taste of Wilson cocktail party. Guests will enjoy drinks, music, light bites, an auction, and a wrap-up celebration of our 100th anniversary.