Narciso Arguelles

Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Narciso Arguelles and 12 other winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award. The program will begin at 10am in the House Chamber of the Oklahoma Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. You’re welcome to join us!


Narciso Argüelles’ life is rooted in education and service. With time spent balancing community work, teaching art, and an art career, he has played a significant role in the development of Oklahoma’s first Latino Cultural Center, to be unveiled later this year. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit group, Inclusion in Art, whose mission is to advance racial and cultural diversity.

Inclusion in Art’s mission is to advance racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community. The group puts on exhibits at @1219 Creative Galley, near the Plaza District, for artists of color. They have also started a mentor program with the goal of teaching students the in’s and out’s of putting on a successful exhibition.

For the last six years, Arguelles has worked full time at the high school level, and teaching at night at OCCC, Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM), and Rose State College.

Most recently, Mr. Arguelles produced and directed a conceptual art film – part of which was filmed in the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The film, called “Imaginary Spaces,” includes Wanbli Tallchief dancing with members of the Oklahoma City Ballet in the still unfinished cultural center. (The museum is scheduled to be finished in October, 2021). If the name of Wanbli Tallchief is familiar, it is because she is related to the famous Tallchief ballerinas.

Nominated by Hilda De Leon Xavier.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.


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