KUDOS OF THE MONTH: Tulsa Performing Arts Center
ELDER STATESMEN: Considered PAC founders, John H. Williams, left, and former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune, are the two remaining original PAC Trust members and are still active with the PAC Trust today.
Courtesy Tulsa PAC
The Tulsa Performing Arts Center has been the home to fine arts and inspiring performances for 35 years and continues to be a regional destination.
The stretches across half of a block in the heart of historic downtown Tulsa. The unique design of the center was created by Minoru Yamasaki who was the architect of the former World Trade Center Towers.
Chapman Music Hall, with seating for 2,365, is the main performance hall.
For chamber music concerts, recitals, and a large variety of drama, comedy and other theatrical events, theatre-goers make their way to John H. Williams Theatre, the PAC’s second largest theatre, seating 430.
In addition, the Liddy Doenges, Robert J. LaFortune Studio and Charles E. Norman Theatres host a variety of events throughout the year.
Art can be found not only on stages, but throughout the facility. The art gallery welcomes local and national artists, staging a new art exhibit each month.
The also has a permanent art collection of more than 70 pieces.
Westby Pavilion, a large reception hall, is the site for many -related events and is available for public rental.
The City of Tulsa owns and operates the . The Trust has guided the center since the early 1970s and continues to lend expertise and funding for building maintenance and programming. The Trust also provide grants to performance groups, in addition to planning and operating the annual SummerStage Festival.
Last year the hosted 524 events, and had box office receipts of nearly $5 million.