Arts & Culture of interest to Northeastern Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Former GM plant opens with new mission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Political, military and business leaders have helped open a new aircraft repair and maintenance facility at the former General Motors plant in Oklahoma City.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Mary Fallin were among those on hand at Monday's ceremony at the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Oklahoma County purchased the former GM plant last year, two years after GM closed the facility. County voters approved a property tax measure to fund the purchase.

Tulsa, OK – With Tulsa Public Schools embarking on a school reform process, education researcher and consultant Lawrence Lazotte, winner of the 2009 Brock Prize in Education and a leader in the effective schools movement, shares the common qualities found in effective schools. (Encore Program)

Tulsa, OK – Dr Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent talks about the district's new Tulsa Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a comprehensive and accountable school reform effort, which will measure teacher and administrator effectiveness with performance pay incentives for high performers and a call for the removal of ineffective educators. The district has set ambitious five year goals to raise the four year graduation rate in the district from 70 to 85%, and college readiness from 7% to 32%.

Tulsa, OK – Steve Liggett, artistic director of Living Arts of Tulsa, discusses the arts group's new move to the Brady Arts District, the first of many arts projects to come to fruition for the area just north of downtown Tulsa. Liggett also shares the vision for Living Arts which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and how their new home will help the interdisciplinary bleeding-edge arts group achieve their mission.