Arts and Culture

Philbrook Museum of Art will host an exhibition next year featuring works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her partner, Diego Rivera. 

"Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism" is made up of pieces from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Philbrook President and CEO Scott Stulen said the exhibit’s 150-plus items have recently been on an international tour.

Tulsa Planning Office

Tulsa voter-approved sales tax funding used last year to help organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic are going back to their original purpose: grants supporting arts projects that encourage tourism and economic development.

Vision Arts program funding was repurposed as relief grants last year with many organizations severely limited in what they could offer or shut down entirely. A significant portion of applications’ scores, 30%, will come from their anticipated economic impact.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Carolyn Sickles, the Executive Director of Tulsa Artist Fellowship, or TAF, which is an arts-and-community-focused project of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The TAF recently announced that it has given 22 of its fellows an Arts Integration Award for 2020-2021, which is meant to help these artists further their involvement with (and presence within) the Tulsa community via new works, new series, and so on. The award includes a $25,000 stipend, $10,000 in project resources, and also free living and work spaces.

We are pleased to welcome Mark Dolph back to StudioTulsa. He's Curator of History at Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa. He tells us about an exciting new exhibition at that museum presenting the work of Shan Goshorn, the late Tulsa-area artist.

Tulsa PAC

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a financial strain on arts organizations, including Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center.

The PAC management team projects they’ll be down about $1 million, largely the result of touring Broadway shows being postponed until at least 2021.

"You’re talking five big Broadway shows that are being moved off the calendar the remainder of 2020, and then you’ve got another four or five headliner acts that had to be moved," said CEO Mark Frie.

Tulsa Arts Commission

Arts nonprofits in Tulsa financially strained by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon have access to thousands of dollars in recovery grants.

The Tulsa City Council approved the use of up to $300,000 in public funding from the Vision Arts program for the recovery grants. The program gets $150,000 a year from the Vision sales tax package to award as grants for art projects that contribute to tourism or economic development.

Tulsa Ballet

A City of Tulsa grant program for artists that was about to start taking applications will likely become a loan program temporarily to help organizations affected by COVID-19.

The Vision Arts program has $150,000 available now City Councilor Phil Lakin said could be distributed as zero-interest loans to existing organizations. The funding was approved by voters in a sales tax package for annual grants to art projects that would encourage economic development in the city.

Applications may open up as soon as next Friday for $2.25 million in arts funding Tulsa voters approved in the 2016 Vision package.

The Tulsa Arts Commission will award $150,000 a year for 15 years. Things will have to be a little different to start, however, given the COVID-19 pandemic. An in-person workshop for applicants used to be part of the plans.

"And that is one thing that we trimmed from the process. We’ll do some kind of an online video and access to documents since we can’t hold workshops," said arts commission member Holly Becker.