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Voices Gala 2020

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, we will be rescheduling the Voices gala this year. The new date is tentatively August 14. Please check back for updates. 

Keynote Speaker


Marilyn Artus is a visual artist based in Oklahoma, and her work explores the female experience and women's issues. She has created shows that explore the suffragist era in the U.S., pays tribute to an assortment of women in U.S. history and continues to collide the many different stereotypes that women navigate on a daily basis.

After graduating with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree she worked for 16 years as a commercial artist. In 2003, she co-founded The Girlie Show, an all female art festival in Oklahoma City that drew artisans from all over the United States to exhibit, celebrate, encourage and showcase female talent, that ran for 10 years. Each year, the organization awarded a $1,000 grant to a selected female art or design student. She also founded a branch of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, a cabaret life drawing class that she owned for 3 years in OKC.

Other career highlights include solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions in Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. She was awarded the Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011 and led an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of female pop art.

Courage Award Winners

Ellen Stackable

Sarah Adams Cornell is a local advocate for Native American culture, education, and rights. Sarah is a member of the Choctaw Nation, th co-founder of Matriarch Non-Profit, a founding board member of the Sovereign Community School, and a member of the Auntie Project. She has previously served on the Board for the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance and on the OKCPS Native American Student Services Parent Committee. She was named 2014 Cottey College Young Alumna of the Year for her leadership in her culture and community. 

Wilma Mankiller

Don Holladay is a founding partner and senior counsel for Holladay & Chilton, has 44 years of trial experience and a well-established national reputation for successes in complex civil litigation. He is known for handling high-profile cases in the public sector, most recently as lead counsel in the lawsuit that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Holladay has been strengthening subsequent generations of attorneys for nearly 30 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Chelle' Guttery

Sara Cunningham is an ordained minister and mother-of-two from Oklahoma, has volunteered as a “substitute mother” to stand in at same-sex weddings for anyone whose own mom refuses to attend their wedding. She is the founder of Free Mom Hugs, a registered non-profit organization dedicated to educating families, church and civic leaders, encouraging them to not only affirm the value of the LGBTQ+ community but celebrate them.