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Opening Soon on East Archer Street in Downtown Tulsa: The Hardesty Arts Center

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Our guest on this installment of ST is Ken Busby, the Executive Director and CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, which is, per its website, the long-standing "champion of area arts and culture. Diverse education programs advance its mission to inspire creativity, foster appreciation, promote lifelong learning, enhance the quality of individual lives, and contribute economic vitality to the greater community." Today, Busby tells us all about the soon-to-open Hardesty Arts Center --- or AHHA, as its commonly called --- which will have its official, free-to-the-public Grand Opening on Sunday, December 16th, from 1pm till 5pm. (The AHHA Center will be located in the Brady Arts Center in downtown Tulsa, at 101 East Archer Street.) As Busby tells us, this impressively designed, 42,000-square-foot facility will be devoted to the visual arts, with plenty of room for state-of-the-art gallery spaces, studio spaces, classrooms, an outdoor garden, and a performance area. (For more about this new arts center, and about the AHCT more generally, please see this link.) Also on today's program, our medical commentator, Dr. John Henning Schumann of OU-Tulsa, offers a brief and to-the-point essay called "Mad Men."

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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