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Advocates show up to support arts education at the Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Chad Reynolds is a writer, but you're not going to find him locked away in his thoughts.

"We would write poems on typewriters in public so that we would surprise attack people who think that poetry is this cloistered activity that's in this ivory tower, and it's removed from real life," said Reynolds, who created Short Order Poems.

He was one of more than 45 artists, musicians and non-profit organizations that attended the 4th Annual Oklahoma Arts Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Organizers say art programs, including nonprofits, have a $300 million impact on the state and the arts community has created 10,000 full-time jobs.

"The budget cuts have come over and over again and at this stage, trying to decide their priorities, we needed to speak up in order to have arts and culture funded," said Julie Kirt, executive director of Oklahomans for the Arts.

"It's not that they don't like the arts. A lot of people that are here are very firm patrons of the arts, but it's a matter of whether they believe Oklahoma government has any role to play in supporting the arts," Sen. Clark Jolley said.

For more information, visit the group's website.

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