Mark Frie, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Director and president of the ARTSOK Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow.
The Oklahoma Arts Council recently announced the names of 14 individuals and five organizations that will be honored for their contributions to the arts in Oklahoma during the 42nd Governor’s Arts Awards on Feb. 28.
Mark Frie, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Director and president of the ARTSOK Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow, is among those being honored with the Arts In Education Award.
Frie’s recognition comes from his involvement with the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund. Together with the Emmy and Tony-winning actress, they developed the Broadway Boot Camp and Master Class programs to help aspiring entertainers learn the ropes of the performing arts world. For the past three years, students in grades 9-12 from across the state have auditioned to be in the camp and work one-on-one with Chenoweth and other entertainment professionals.
In addition, Frie has been instrumental in helping the City of Broken Arrow to build and develop a creative arts center in the Rose District, meant to service under privileged students in after school programs. This endeavor is ongoing and will continue to evolve over the coming years.
The awards will be presented during a special ceremony in the fourth floor rotunda at the Oklahoma state Capitol, followed by a reception outside the Betty Price Gallery on the Capitol’s first floor. Any questions about the ceremony can be directed to Joel Gavin of the Oklahoma Arts Council at 405-521-2037.
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