Duncan citizen Barbara Braught was appointed to Oklahoma Arts Council and began her 3-year tenure on July 1.

Gov. Kevin Stitt and the State Senate confirmed her appointment in May, and State Sen. Chris Kidd, who represents Braught’s district, carried her nomination.

“It was a pleasure getting to carry Mrs. Braught’s nomination to the Oklahoma Arts Council governing board,” Kidd said. “She is an incredible public servant who has dedicated her life in support of education and the arts in southwest Oklahoma, and I’m so pleased she will get to further share her passion and expertise on this board to support the arts for our great state.”

Braught has served as trustee and executive director for the McCasland Foundation for 26 years, and as a member of the board of directors for the On the Chisholm Trail Association since its birth in 1998.

Braught actively serves on the Oklahoma Methodist Foundation, Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation, Cameron University Foundation, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the Bizzell Library Society. Formerly, Braught served on the executive committee of the University of Oklahoma Foundation and the university’s 2018 presidential search committee.

“Evident through Barbara’s longtime leadership role in her family’s foundation is a commitment to providing the important financial investments necessary for education and the arts to thrive in southwest Oklahoma and throughout our state,” Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said. “Her understanding of the need among nonprofit arts organizations for a strong network of support to exist will be essential as we work to lift the sector out of the hardships of the pandemic. I am excited to welcome her to our board.”

Braught is one of 15 appointed citizens from across Oklahoma.

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