As the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages support for arts and culture across the state, especially increasing public investment. She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. Previously, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Kirt also serves as Vice President of the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma and a Council Member for the Americans for the Arts State Art Action Network.
She received the “Emerging Leadership Award” from the Americans for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award and participated in the Stanford Social Innovation National Arts Strategies program. She completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She lives in Oklahoma City with her patient husband, Nathan Guilford, and two children Roger and Lila.