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Excitement, Growth, Community, & Culture: A Status Report on the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

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Our guest on this edition of ST is Ken Busby, the Executive Director and CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa (AHCT), which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As everyone who cares about the arts (and the ongoing presence of the arts) in this city knows already, the AHCT has been enriching the cultural life of our community ever since it began in 1961. And now, the ACHT is nearing the completion of its largest initiative ever, the new 42,000-square-foot Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center (or "AHHA"), which will open in the fall of this year. Busby fills us in on this new structure --- what it will do, who it will serve, how it function, and why it will greatly enhance the already-thriving arts scene in downtown Tulsa. He also gives us the 4-1-1 on this year's Oklahoma Chautauqua, which kicks off today (Tuesday the 5th) on the campus of OSU Tulsa, and which is entitled "Behind the Screen: Hollywood's Impact on American Culture." (Complete details on OK Chautauqua 2012 can be found here; more about the AHCT is at this link.) Also on today's show, our commentator Collin Hinds is reflecting on --- and urging his fellow citizens to fearlessly embrace --- upcoming changes that've been announced as to how the City of Tulsa will collect its garbage.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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