Editors note: This is an ongoing Q&A profile series on those who serve on the Board of Trustees for the Goddard Center.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby began serving on the Goddard Center board this year. 

Q: What made you decide to join the Goddard Center’s board?  

I am honored to serve on the Goddard Center Board of Trustees.

Art serves as a catalyst to unite society and bring diverse cultures closer together.

The Goddard Center’s mission, “to encourage and support participation, education, and enjoyment of visual and performing arts by all and to support the advancement of excellence of cultural activities in the area,” mirrors the Chickasaw Nation’s emphasis on celebrating Native art and artists while enriching our communities. Native artists make such a significant contribution to the culture of Oklahoma and the United States.

The Goddard Center fulfills a vital role in southern Oklahoma by hosting important educational and cultural opportunities and exhibits for all ages, which helps promote cultural dialogue and facilitates a greater understanding of one another.

The history of the Chickasaw Nation and the 

Ardmore area are uniquely intertwined. Many Chickasaw citizens reside in the Ardmore area, and we are committed to enhancing the overall quality of life for all our citizens and community members. The Goddard Center helps us reach this mission.


Q: What has been your favorite exhibit, activity or performance to-date at the Goddard Center and why?

There have been many quality exhibits, classes and performances hosted by the Goddard Center throughout the decades. Of course, I enjoyed our Chickasaw performances and exhibits.


Q: What is one thing you have learned while serving on the board?

The dedicated Goddard Center Board of Trustees are committed to continually offering world-class exhibits, and performances and arts education for all ages, in a conscience effort to support and continue the dream of Ethel Goddard to have a place in southern Oklahoma where all people could enjoy the arts.  I am honored to serve on this board.