Mission: Our mission is to make arts happen, provide arts leadership and programs which inspire, teach, and foster collaboration, and facilities which excite, cultivate and allow the community to experience the arts and humanities.
Programs: Education programs including:exhibitionsartists in residence & studio artistsharweldon instituteartists in the schoolsany given child-tulsaimagination daysfilm institutesummer arts academysee schedule o for further details.
the hardesty arts center, fondly known as ahha, opened in december 2012 in the heart of the brady arts district and is home to the council. Modern industrial design, copious natural light, and a variety of beautiful colors and textures make ahha a space that can be transformed for weddings, photo shoots, receptions, corporate meetings, or many other types of events.
harweldon mansion. Originally a private home and listed on the national register of historic places, harwelden mansion reflects the elegance of the early 1920s with its unique architecture, majestic style, and gorgeous landscape. For decades, tulsans and guests have selected harwelden mansion to host their special events.
The Arts in Schools program is very cutting edge. Several teachers have participated in this program to help bring new and more creative ideas to the class room to help children become more engaged not only in Math and Science but how math and science and the arts are truly related.
I have been to the classrooms and seen how the artists funded by AHCT have helped teach children to engage creatively with their environment. Children need more than just math and science. Among many, many other important things, AHCT brings professional visual and performing artists into public schools, providing opportunities children otherwise would not have. They have arranged projects that help wards of the state and troubled youth realize their creative potential, and begin to understand that they don't have to be a destructive force or take on the negative characteristics often attributed to them by parents and teachers.
Many years ago, I taught art classes to elementary and middle school children through artist in residence programs through the Art and Humanities Council of Tulsa. I was fortunate enough to be exposed to the arts as a young person, I wanted to pass that on to the young in my city with the help of AHCT. It was a development experience for me and I hope I was able to touch the life of just one young person in a positive way. Free after school and summer art programs funded by AHCT for children who might not get the opportunity is such a blessing to our community.