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A Vision-Funding Appeal to Expand and Refurbish the Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Aired on Friday, September 28th.

On this edition of ST, we offer another installment in our ongoing series of interviews with organizations vying to be included in the Vision 2025 sales tax extension for the City of Tulsa. This extension is expected to go before voters in the spring of 2016, and over the past couple of months, many area organizations (from Gilcrease Museum to the Tulsa Zoo; from Tulsa Transit to Langston University) have been presenting proposals in this regard to the Tulsa City Council. We at StudioTulsa are speaking with certain of those groups whose ideas seem especially interesting and/or feasible. Today, we discuss a $94 million proposal that's been made on behalf of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. This funding would be used to expand, refurbish, and revitalize the facility, including the design and construction of a new, mid-size (as in, 1,200 seats) theatre that would be located on part of the park space situated just west of the Tulsa PAC complex. This 1,200-seat theatre would basically serve as a "happy medium" between the already-existing Chapman and Williams Theatres at the PAC -- and would be the only performance space of its size in downtown Tulsa. Our guests are John Scott, Director of the Tulsa PAC, and Stanton Doyle, Chair of the Tulsa PAC Trust, who give us the facts and figures behind their proposal. (To view the actual appeal that the Tulsa PAC made recently to the City Council, please go here. And to see a list of groups that have thus far submitted proposals for Vision funding to the City Council, you can visit this link.)

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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