Arts and Culture

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.