Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: Susan E. McCalmont, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Executive Director

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

50 Making a Difference Profile: Susan E. McCalmont, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Executive Director

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Susan E. McCalmont, executive director of Kirkpatrick Foundation Inc., strongly believes the arts are necessary in educational institutions to develop the critical thinking and creative problem- solving skills essential for competition in this global society.

McCalmont, a native of Virginia, graduated from Mary Washington College in 1980 with a degree in art history. She moved to Oklahoma in 1989 to marry Ralph McCalmont.

After a couple of years of volunteering with the downtown Episcopal Church ministry and the Guild of St. George, where she provided aid to homeless clients, McCalmont joined the Oklahoma City Museum of Art staff as development director. A year later, she was named to her current position with the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

"I believe that our creator has endowed each person with natural talents and abilities. Often, it is only through experiences in the arts that those God-given abilities can be tapped. Sometimes it is only through a play, a song, a poem, a dance, or a painting, that the world of learning is opened for a child. And our primary lasting contributions as a civilized society to future generations are these gifts - architecture, literature, music and art," she said.

"Every child should have the opportunity to discover his/her talents through an equitable, accessible arts-integrated curriculum in the schools."

McCalmont serves on the steering committee of the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C., and is involved with the Grantmakers in the Arts and the Grantmakers in Education. She also serves on the board of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and is vice-chair of Creative Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization with the goal of establishing Oklahoma as a world-renowned center of creativity and innovation in commerce, culture and education.

"I want to see more people come together across disparate lines to support quality education for all children," McCalmont said. …

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