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Flooding forces six arts organizations to relocate, seek donations

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Six Oklahoma City art organizations lost their offices and 75 percent to 90 percent of their property following June's heavy rains and flash floods. Artworks, Carpenter Square Theatre, Metropolitan School of Dance, Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park were left homeless as water rose more than 5 feet in the Stage Center's basement and office area.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City received substantial building and equipment damage due to the storm as well.  

Steve Mason, owner of Mason Realty, has temporarily relocated the affected arts organizations to his office building at 1015 N. Broadway until the status of the Stage Center is determined. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is temporarily in the YMCA building, 500 N. Broadway, while cleanup efforts of its building are underway.

Allied Arts is collecting these new or gently used items to restock the groups' performance supplies. Please drop off all donated items to 1015 N. Broadway, second floor:

"    Arts and craft supplies: paint and brushes, glue, glitter, oil pastels, construction paper, pottery clay and other children's art supplies for summer camps
"    dance apparel: ballet, jazz and tap shoes; tights and leotards (size 3T to adult)
"    costumes: children's costumes (size 5-16) in particular
"    dry cleaning: damaged costumes are in need of dry cleaning services
"    office supplies: scanners, office furniture (desks, chairs and file cabinets) and all other basic office tools
"    facility space: one organization needs a theater that holds 150-200 people where they can build sets, rehearse and perform beginning in August

To make a financial donation to the Arts Flood Emergency Fund, please call 278-8944, visit www.alliedartsokc.com or mail it to the Allied Arts office at 1015 N. Broadway, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK, 73120.

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Debris left after flooding of the Stage Center.

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