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Levar Burton Speaks In Tulsa At Arts Alliance Brunch

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Play Your pART Brunch

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With all proceeds from the event benefitting the 2018 Alliance members, AAT welcomes keynote speaker, multi-Emmy, Grammy and NAACP award-winning actor, director, producer, writer and public speaker, Mr. LeVar Burton.

Levar Burton Speaks In Tulsa At Arts Alliance Brunch

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 6:10 PM CDT

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LeVar Burton addresses mass shootings while inspiring young readers at Guthrie Green

LeVar Burton was with a camera crew in New York City’s Central Park a few years back when news of another mass shooting began to circulate.

Burton, who was filming for his educational children’s show “Reading Rainbow,” began to think of how young people would learn about and comprehend such atrocities. That line of thinking led to his penning a book of his own.

LeVar Burton – Courtesy

LeVar Burton promotes art and reading in Tulsa

Actor, director and children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton will visit Tulsa this month in support of Arts Alliance Tulsa, the United Arts Fund with 40 member organizations. Burton will speak at AAT’s #THEbrunch on May 19 at Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

AAT Executive Director Todd Cunningham says the organization was inspired by the Reading Tree Challenge, a program of Tulsa’s Gathering Place. “When our community committed to reading 2 million books this year, we wanted to help, so we decided to invite an artist to be our keynote speaker who also happens to be famous for reading,” Cunningham says.

People & Places: LeVar Burton to speak at Arts Alliance brunch

Award-winning actor LeVar Burton, best known for his roles on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the PBS series “Reading Rainbow,” will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Play Your pART Brunch.

AAON Partners with Arts Alliance Tulsa

AAON partnered with Arts Alliance Tulsa in 2018 on THE Brunch featuring Levar Burton, in addition to the Arts Alliance Tulsa golf tournament. AAON team members serve on the Arts Alliance Board and committees.

Arts Alliance Tulsa (AAT) is a United Arts Fund that strengthens and supports the arts for a greater Tulsa through fundraising and audience development and responsible investment and allocation of resources.

 

Use your master strokes to supports Arts Alliance of Tulsa Golf Tournament

Even if your game has never been notably artistic, you can lend crucial support to the arts in Tulsa by participating in the Arts Alliance of Tulsa Golf Tournament presented by Arvest Bank on April 30 at Tulsa Country Club.

Arts Alliance of Tulsa Golf Tournament

Even if your game has never been notably artistic, you can lend crucial support to the arts in Tulsa by participating in the Arts Alliance of Tulsa Golf Tournament presented by Arvest Bank on April 30 at Tulsa Country Club.

People & Places: Jane Heard Clinton Society touts female philanthropists

When Jane Carrol Heard accompanied her soon-to-be husband, Dr. Fred Stevens Clinton, to Tulsa from Georgia in 1897, she found in this Indian Territory “cow town” a blank canvas upon which she could create a cultural masterpiece.

“To me, Jane Heard Clinton was truly the cultural soul of early Tulsa,” Tulsa Historical Society Executive Director Michelle Place told the Tulsa World in a 2012 interview. “Her contributions to Tulsa’s arts and culture are still being appreciated today.”

MEMBERSHIP FUN: Jane Heard Clinton Society members recently gathered for a photo. Front row from left: Anna Inhofe, Melanie Tate and Gayle Eby. Second row from left: Marilyn Inhofe-Tucker, Jordan Neal, Taylor Tate, Maddy Kennedy, Martha Cordell, Cassie Reese Tipton and Lesa Smaligo. Third Row from left: Nicci Atchy, Cheryl Waldeck, Victoria McArtor, Anna Norberg, Stacey Sprague, Michelle Hardesty, Suzie Bogle, Karen Kelly and Megan Nesbit.

‘The Jane Heard Clinton Society – Women Aligned For the Arts’ is Announced by Arts Alliance Tulsa

As a year ends and a new year begins, we tend to become a bit nostalgic. In fact, it was nostalgia that led to the creation of The Jane Heard Clinton Society, in part, anyway.

In researching how Tulsa’s arts scene has flourished over the past decade, it was clear that much of what we have today was started by pioneering women who moved to Oklahoma over a century ago. While the move was usually tied to Tulsa’s rich oil boom, people were not content leaving behind the culture and art they had enjoyed at home, so they organized and the evolution began. In fact, the arts in Tulsa are primarily as vibrant as they are because of the contributions of early 20th Century women philanthropists.

People & Places: A legacy of giving

The adage that “charity begins at home” takes on a slightly different meaning when the home under consideration houses members of Tulsa’s Helmerich family.

“My mother would often take me, when I was younger, to board meetings for Tulsa Ballet, which she’s been involved with for years,” Ana Helmerich said. “We’d get to meet the dancers, see what went on behind the scenes, and I always loved that sort of thing.

“So I suppose, in a way, the idea of taking part in something philanthropic was sort of passed down through the family,” she said. “It’s such a part of our family history.”

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan visits Tulsa to talk Arts

A great interest in Arts led former Miss USA Olivia Jordan to head to Tulsa. She said, “I fear I took it for granted in a way because I can’t think of a time in my life when the arts weren’t a part of my life,” the former Miss USA said.

Olivia Jordan - 2017 Arts Alliance Tulsa Guest Speaker for THĒ Brunch

Alliance Arts Of Tulsa Honors Carver Graduate Garrett A. Bland

Tulsa north’s own were among those honored for their volunteer efforts at the Arts Alliance “Tulsa’s Play Your Part Brunch” which is the organization’s annual fundraiser. The event was held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

Tulsa Summer Activities Fair from Arts Alliance Tulsa

If your kids – or you – have ever wanted to act, dance, sing, sculpt, paint, woodwork or blow glass, you can find out where to learn at ExplorARTorium, a one-stop shop for information about visual and performing arts classes in Tulsa – from kids’ summer camps to adult education programs. Sponsored by Arts Alliance Tulsa, the event will be on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, located at 2021 East 71st Street. ExplorARTorium is free thanks to the support of the Jewish Federation and TulsaKids Magazine.

City Councilor Phil Lakin, chairman of the Arts Alliance Tulsa advisory council, speaks during a news conference Wednesday about AAT’s second annual fund-raising campaign. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Arts Alliance announces new campaign, BOK partnership

Arts Alliance Tulsa planned a bit of a show at the BOK Center on Wednesday to announce the start of its second annual fund-raising campaign, only to be surprised by an unexpected encore.

As the press event was winding down, Jeff Nickler, general manager of the BOK Center, announced that the facility and its management company, SMG Tulsa, was donating $5,000 to the campaign.

From left: Jeff Nickler, general manager of the BOK Center; Robert S. Purgason, Arts Alliance Tulsa campaign chair; Phil Lakin, chairman of the AAT advisory council; Rebecca Marks-Jimerson, president of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce; and Todd Cunningham, executive director of AAT

JIM LANGDON

A new partnership between Arts Alliance Tulsa and the BOK Center makes supporting local art easy · BY JOHN LANGDON

Established in 2015, AAT is one of 50 United Arts Funds across the country and provides financial support to 40 local arts organizations.

Arts Alliance Tulsa mural by Josh Butts in the Brady Arts District – GREG BOLLINGER

All in for the arts
Arts Alliance Tulsa wraps up a successful first year BY LIZ BLOOD

In October 2015, Arts Alliance Tulsa formed out of a need, like many nonprofits. But the need they sought to fill—universal funding for the arts—was a bit different for the Tulsa nonprofit landscape.

Actor and activist Danny Glover was the keynote speaker Saturday at Arts Alliance Tulsa’s “Play Your pART Brunch.” Associated Press file

Danny Glover to speak in Tulsa on arts and activism

The words most often used to describe Danny Glover are “actor” and “activist.”

As an actor, Glover has been a major presence in films and television since his breakthrough in 1984 in the Academy Award-winning “Places in the Heart.”

Glover followed that film with performances in three highly acclaimed movies, all released in 1985: “Witness,” “Silverado” and “The Color Purple.”

Arts Alliance Tulsa celebrates one year of fostering the arts

Arts Alliance Tulsa is a United Arts Fund which includes 39 member organizations in Tulsa, ranging from the Philbrook Museum and Tulsa Opera to smaller venues such as the Spotlight Theater and Theatre Pops.

credit: Tulsa World

ARTS: Arts Alliance Tulsa wants you to eat for art's sake-Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer | 0 comments
Arts Alliance Tulsa is partnering with several restaurants for “Eat ART,” a way to help the organization reach its fundraising campaign goal of $2 million.

Updated: Feb 16, 2016

Phil Lakin, Tulsa Community Foundation

Art and commerce - The Tulsa Voice

On Monday, February 1, as Oklahoma’s 55th Legislature reconvened for its second regular session, Gov. Mary Fallin gave her State of the State address, announcing plans to grapple with the state’s $900 million budget shortfall in part by reducing appropriations to most state agencies by six percent, with smaller cuts for core, critical agencies.

Updated: Feb 01, 2016

Phil Lakin, Tulsa Community Foundation

Alliance Pledges To Raise $2 Million To Promote Tulsa Arts

TULSA, Oklahoma – Arts Alliance Tulsa is only a few months old, but they are setting big goals for their first fundraising campaign.
The group launched a campaign to raise $2 million in the next 120 days. The money will be used to promote the arts in Tulsa.

Updated: Feb 01, 2016

Arts Alliance Tulsa sets $2 million fundraising goal

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Arts Alliance Tulsa announced Monday that its first fundraising campaign will have a goal of $2 million, to be raised in 120 days.
Those funds will ultimately be distributed to 39 Tulsa nonprofit arts organizations in the form of grants to be used to offset the organizations’ operational costs.

– Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Arts Alliance Tulsa to announce fundraising campaign

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer | 0 comments
Arts Alliance Tulsa will announce the goal for its first fundraising campaign Monday, which ultimately will benefit more than 30 local nonprofit arts organizations.
The announcement will be made at 2 p.m. at Hey Mambo, 114 N. Boston Ave. A mural by Tulsa artist Josh Butts on the exterior wall of the restaurant will chart the progress of the campaign.

January 31, 2016

Arts Alliance Raises Money Through Huge Mural Planned For Downtown Tulsa-News on 9, OKC

TULSA, Oklahoma – The City of Tulsa has an entire district dedicated to the arts – The Brady Arts District.

On Saturday, an artist worked on the first step of a mural there aimed at highlighting how far one organization — Arts Alliance Tulsa — has come to its fundraising goal.

The Alliance is raising money that will be used to support local art institutions in the city, things like the ballet, theater and museums.

Jan 24, 2016

Phil Lakin, Tulsa Community Foundation

Arts Alliance Raises Money Through Huge Mural Planned For Downtown Tulsa

TULSA, Oklahoma – The City of Tulsa has an entire district dedicated to the arts – The Brady Arts District.

On Saturday, an artist worked on the first step of a mural there aimed at highlighting how far one organization — Arts Alliance Tulsa — has come to its fundraising goal.

The Alliance is raising money that will be used to support local art institutions in the city, things like the ballet, theater and museums.

Jan 24, 2016

Sara Phoenix is executive artistic director for Theatre Tulsa, one of 39 arts groups that will receive support through a new funding stream called Arts Alliance Tulsa.
-Evan Taylor

United approach:
Arts Alliance Tulsa provides supplemental funding and audience support to 39 local arts groups.

This past fall, members of Tulsa’s arts community gathered downtown in anticipation of a huge announcement.

With key start-up support from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation CEO Phil Lakin unveiled Arts Alliance Tulsa.

The new organization provides supplemental funding and audience support to 39 local performing arts groups and arts institutions.

JANUARY 2016

Aired on Monday, January 11th. 2016

A Newly Created United Arts Fund for Our Community: Arts Alliance Tulsa (or AAT)

Last fall, about 40 local non-profit arts organizations joined Phil Lakin, CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation, in launching Arts Alliance Tulsa (or AAT), a United Arts Fund that aims to provide funding for — and audience-development support for — the City of Tulsa’s various cultural assets. (United Arts Funds, as noted at the AAT website, “seek to raise money to provide ongoing operating support to local arts institutions. Over the past 65 years, more than 100 communities across the country — both large and small — have established UAFs. There are currently about 60 UAFs operating in the United States….

JAN 11, 2016

Tulsa Ballet served up a highly enjoyable production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in October. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary with Marcello Angelini as artistic director and broke ground on a second educational facility in Broken Arrow in 2015. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

2015's most memorable moments in the arts

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
There was a time, not so long ago, when it was possible for one person to attend every major performance and exhibit that the Tulsa arts scene had to offer.
That endeavor, however, is getting more and more beyond the realms of possibility, simply because there is so much going on in this town.

January 3, 2016

Arts Alliance Tulsa

BY SAM MCCOMBS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29TH 2015 …

December 29, 2015

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor G.T. Bynum talk as Councilor Karen Gilbert looks over paperwork during a retreat at Gilcrease Museum Friday. The meeting laid out a proposal to renew the Vision tax. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Council and mayor hammer out Vision package, but more work to be done

By JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
An all-day retreat that included councilors, the mayor and city department heads Friday produced a full-picture rough draft of a Vision renewal proposal, but the groups resolved to meet again in the new year to finalize it.

December 19, 2015

COMMUNITY BACKING: Todd Cunningham, left, executive director of Arts Alliance Tulsa, and Phil Lakin, CEO of Tulsa Community Foundation.

Arts Alliance Tulsa to Support Local Arts

EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers

On Oct. 6, representatives from 45 local nonprofit arts organizations joined Phil Lakin, CEO of Tulsa Community Foundation, in launching Arts Alliance Tulsa, a new endeavor to provide funding and audience development support for the community’s cultural assets.

October 7, 2015

Phil Lakin (right), CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation, and Todd Cunningham, executive director of the Arts Alliance Tulsa, announce the launch of the Arts Alliance Tulsa at The Fly Loft in Tulsa on Tuesday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Arts Alliance Tulsa to be United Way for the arts

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
The idea for something like Arts Alliance Tulsa has been talked about for decades, but it took the voices of young Tulsans to make it a reality.

On Tuesday, officials with Arts Alliance Tulsa launched the new organization, which will provide supplemental funding and audience development support for the city’s arts and cultural organizations.

October 7, 2015

Arts Alliance Tulsa launched -
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH 2015

A brand new organization launched today will restore funding in Tulsa’s arts.

Arts Alliance Tulsa is a new endeavor that will “provide funding and audience development support for the community’s cultural assets” and consists of about 15 to 20 employees.

OCTOBER 6TH 2015