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An Appreciative Exit Interview with Steve Liggett, the Longtime Director of Living Arts of Tulsa

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Aired on Friday, March 17th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we welcome Steve Liggett back to our program. A well-known figure on the local arts scene, Liggett is an art teacher and sculptor who's also the director of the nonprofit Living Arts of Tulsa, which was established in the 1960s by Virginia Myers and others as a haven for the creation and display of contemporary art right here in T-Town. After Myers died 1991, Liggett became the director of this vital, active, and multifaceted organization, a post he still holds today -- although he recently announced that he'll retire in late June. From the New Genre Arts Festival to the Day of the Dead Celebration, and from the Tulsa ArtCar Weekend to the 24-Hour Video Race, Living Arts hosts and/or curates several very popular arts-driven events in our community each and every year, and Liggett has been -- for more than two decades now -- the team leader behind all of these programs. He tells us about these standout initiatives, and others, while also describing his own background and development as an arts educator, on today's show.

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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