As manager of public programs and community engagement, Christina Beatty cultivates a vibrant community around Oklahoma Contemporary by envisioning, developing, producing and evaluating creative and participatory public programs and experiences for visitors of all ages. Christina brings a wealth of experience from across the public and nonprofit sectors in arts administration, community and youth development, strategic management, resource development, event planning and legislative affairs.
Before joining Oklahoma Contemporary, Christina served as community arts director for the Oklahoma Arts Council, providing guidance to grantees that produce arts performances, exhibitions and festivals statewide. She also facilitated the agency's Cultural District Initiative, supporting communities of all sizes in leveraging arts and cultural assets for community development, as well as managed the Oklahoma Performing Artist Roster and Oklahoma’s New and Emerging Arts Leaders Network.
Previous experience includes roles with the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life Initiative, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area and Great Migration Centennial campaigns. She has served as a panelist for regional and national grantors and recently completed the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship.
Christina holds a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Managerial Studies from Rice University. A fifth-generation Oklahoman, she is passionate about the role that art, design and authentic cultural expression can play in illuminating our complex histories and contemporary realities.
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