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Greenwood Art Project Hopes To Add Culture To Centennial Events


The Greenwood Art Project had a public unveiling today as it continues to highlight artwork made in recognition of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Posters were on display at a site called "Steps to Nowhere." The area used to be a neighboorhood but is now empty. 

GAP features over 25 artists who want to add some culture to events in the coming days.

Lead artist Rick Lowe said a mix of pieces over a span of days was decided on to provoke dialogue.

"Monuments are great," Lowe said. "They stand for a long time. But when I started talking to people in Tulsa, I realized this issue is not ready to be memorialized in a monument yet. This needs to happen in conversation."

GAP was funded in part by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, an organization founded by ex-presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. It was a competitive process with over 200 cities applying for funds. Tulsa was announced a winner in January 2019.

Mayor GT Bynum spoke at the unveiling. He said the emotional appeal of art is important in reaching as many people as possible. 

Bynum awarded Lowe a key to the city of Tulsa for his efforts with GAP.

For a schedule, visit greenwoodartproject.org.