Artists for Literacy

A juried art exhibition to bring the power of art to the issue of literacy.


Art Hall  519 NW 23rd St.  Oklahoma City

Opening Event:  Sept. 29, 2022  |  Tickets $50

On exhibit through October |  Art Hall & Virtual Gallery


About Artists for Literacy

Artists for Literacy seeks to influence community, public and private sector support for literacy — the capacity to understand, interpret and communicate effectively in order to participate in one's community and wider society. This exhibit will engage local artists to answer the question, “What if I couldn’t read?” through creative submissions for public exhibition.

  • In Oklahoma County, an estimated 12% of the population do not have basic literacy skills.
  • Only 17% of 8th graders and 12% of 4th graders in OKC public schools read proficiently.
  • By the end of the 2020-21 school year, K-12 students were an average four months further behind in reading.

WHAT IF YOU COULDN'T READ? A person who cannot read struggles to find work, to pay bills, to vote, to access health care and to secure housing. The impact of illiteracy is passed down through generations, with a mother's ability to read being one of the greatest predictors of a child's future academic success.

When individuals learn to read, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment and ultimately change their lives and their family's well-being.

Learn more about the status of literacy in Oklahoma City.

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