Greater Tulsa Reporter
COMMUNITY DONATION: AVB Chairman of the Board Kelley Rash and ArtsOK Board of Directors President Mark Frie hold a check for $5,000 donated by AVB Bank to ArtsOK in support of ArtsOK and Tuesdays in the Park 2016.
Courtesy AVB Bank
Tuesdays in the Park 2016, hosted and supported by ArtsOK and AVB Bank and held during the month of June in downtown Broken Arrow, started and ended on a high note. The month-long weekly concert series kicked off with a $5,000 donation from AVB Bank and a $1,000 matching challenge to the attendees of the concert series.
The event raised $1,200 in donations from attendees, which was matched by AVB.
The 25-year-running event was created to encourage the arts in Broken Arrow. It featured local and regional bands of all musical genres and local food vendors.
ArtsOK has hosted the free event since the its inception, with the help of AVB Bank.
“ArtsOK recognizes the continual dedication of AVB Bank to supporting, encouraging and promoting Oklahoma artists,” says Mark Frie, ArtsOK Board of Directors president. “AVB has been a big supporter of ArtsOK since its inception, and we are proud that they partner with us to raise awareness of the arts in Broken Arrow and beyond.”
AVB Chairman of the Board Kelley Rash understands the integral role that the arts play in the economic development of a community.
“AVB Bank has been a strong community neighbor, residing in the heart of the Rose District for over 110 years,” she says. “We take great pride in supporting and growing the arts in this community.”
In total, Tuesdays in the Park raised more than $7,500, which will benefit ArtsOK and its future events in the Broken Arrow community.
ArtsOK, or the Regional Arts Alliance, began in 1997 as a task force by the City of Broken Arrow to bring visual arts opportunities to the community. The task force grew into the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council, which was founded in 1998.
ArtsOK’s current focus is to serve as a catalyst for art in the community and a supporter of Oklahoma art and artists. It offers six programs with more than 16 free arts events for Broken Arrow and surrounding areas.
The oldest program, Art After Hours, features two annual events that showcase various visual artists and their works. Other programs include the Speak It Up Poetry Slam series; the Art in Public Places program; and the Up Close Concert Series, which premiered in fall 2012 and offers seating on the BAPAC stage for an interactive evening between the performer and audience.
Additional donations may be made to ArtsOK by visiting any AVB Bank location or by mailing donations to AVB Bank, ATTN: ArtsOK, P. O. Box 130, Broken Arrow, OK, 74013.