AHHA Opens

Shining like a jewel in the crown of Tulsa’s blossoming Brady Arts District, the extraordinary architecture of the Hardesty Arts Center rises from the pavement. The grand opening was held Dec. 16.

According to Executive Director & of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Ken Busby, “this exciting new facility is really changing the arts landscape for Tulsa. We are thrilled to be part of the revitalization of downtown Tulsa and what this arts center will mean in terms of reaching even more children and adults through the arts.” Kathy McRuiz, Hardesty Arts Center Director, notes, “This place is about creativity and providing arts-rich programs and exhibitions that will positively impact people’s lives on many levels. It’s truly a community facility and a wonderful extension of the council’s mission.”

An inaugural art exhibition by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition was held on the opening day. Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma features work by artists from Oklahoma and the greater region. The public was invited to a curator lecture and artist awards ceremony. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 16, 2013.

Designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, was created to be a home for programs where participating youth and adults can use classrooms and galleries to further develop skills and creative expression. Flintco was construction manager for the project.

Visual artists will be the foundation for programs at the Hardesty Arts Center that will reach youth and adults who do not have access to the arts.

The total project cost was $18.3 million and included construction, equipment, program, and endowment funds. will be an arts hub for every person in Tulsa, a central place where creativity and dreams thrive, and a place where persons of any race, class or culture are welcome to express themselves.

More information about the Arts & Humanities Council and the Hardesty Arts Center can be found online: www.ahct.org (www.ahhatulsa.org coming soon!)

Updated 01-01-2013

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