Lawton Arts & Humanities Council


Mission: To encourage and to coordinate cultural endeavors and activities and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the fine arts in the City of Lawton, and its metropolitan area.



April 29, 1969, a public trust was created for the benefit of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma. This trust became known as the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council. The original trustier was Jack Warken-tin and the trustees (council) were Dorothy Carter, Martha Sovell, Jennie McCutcheon, Joanne Warkentin, Aulena Gibson, Darold English, Exall English, Steve Kardaleff, Dan Glascock, C.P. Mercandante, George F. Smith, and Chester L. Wells.


There are fifteen trustees (council members) appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the governing body of the City of Lawton. These council members have an interest in and support all forms of the arts and humanities and are in accord with the philosophy and concept conveyed in the Trust Indenture; provided, however, in so far as possible, the Board of Trustees (council) includes at least one representative of Ft. Sill; one employee from Cameron University; and one employee from the Lawton Public Schools. Potential council members are nominated by the council's nominating committee and then voted on by the council. There are term limits for the council.
The officers of the council are Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Administrator of the Arts & Humanities Division of the Parks and Recreation Department serves as the Executive Director for the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council. The council meets the 2nd Wednesday each month to conduct business at an open meeting.


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Lawton Arts & Humanities/City of Lawton Programs


Lawton Arts & Entertainment, Quarterly Publication - free to the public.


Student Performances – Presents professional shows for school age children such as Theatreworks USA's Curious George, Junie B. Jones, and others at low-ticket costs.


Native American Projects - Various projects honoring our rich American Indian Heritage some are free while others are offered for a minimal fee.


International Festival – Three-day festival held the last full week-end in September. International Festival Committee is a subcommitte of the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council


Children’s Art Studio – Two-semester art experience for 3rd-6th graders that are based on the Oklahoma P.A.S.S. objectives for Art. This program has a low fee with some scholarships available.


One to Six" Art Purchase Competition - One artist's work is selected as awards to be given to the six Lawton Cultural Award Winners


Lawton Cultural Awards – City of Lawton and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural life of our community.