The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 11, 2014

Letter: Keep Oklahoma’s Arts Council to cultivate talent

ENID, Okla. — On Sunday, March 9, the Enid Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Douglas Newell presented Oklahoma Festival Ballet. My daughter, Elizabeth Hilligoss Allen, was one of the featured flute soloist.

“I didn’t know I was going to stand out in front of the orchestra to play,” she reported with a twinge of stage fright.

As I watched and listened Sunday afternoon, I remembered Elizabeth as a child in Tahlequah, flitting about the state as a bird. Then, I remembered the Oklahoma Arts Council funded the Izen performance in the 1971 performance of “Snow White.”

Today, the Oklahoma Arts Council has helped rural Oklahoma cultivate these talented and gifted young people like my Elizabeth. It is my vote that the Legislature of Oklahoma both keep and strengthen the Arts Council. It needs to retain its stand alone status. We need to continue to honor the arts and our rich cultural heritage.

Margaret Moss-Hilligoss


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