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October 7, 2013

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October 7, 2013

AHCT is a fantastic organization that serves the Tulsa community and beyond in all aspects of the arts. It connects a huge number of people - from artists themselves to patrons to arts enthusiasts - to their own creativity and the creative works of others. Their recent construction of the Hardesty Arts Center has solidified Tulsa and the Brady Arts District as a destination. A remarkable set of programs, staff, volunteers and exhibits make AHCT an invaluable part of Tulsa.

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2013

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I have been a member of the Board of Directors for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa (AHCT) for over ten years. There is no other non-profit that I have dedicated this length and extend of my volunteer time and effort. With our city and state facing budget shortfalls, art education is one of the first programs to be eliminated from our schools. As a result, students are not performing at their optimum levels and natural talents are left undeveloped. A central focus of the AHCT is providing art education with our Artists-in-the-Schools program. Our program reaches over 100,000 students annually, seeking to eliminate geographic, economic, and social barriers and ensure that all students have equal opportunity to engage in the arts. The AHCT is the largest community provider of the arts programming in Tulsa area public schools; no other arts organization offers educational and outreach programs on the same scale.

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The AHCT undertook an extraordinary task to raise over 18 million dollars to transform a warehouse in the Brady District of Tulsa into a Visual Arts Center. To date we have secured over 10 million dollars toward that goal and we will start construction in the near future. Tulsa is fortunate to have a generous philanthropic community who is passionate about the arts and the AHCT is fortunate to have a energetic Executive Director Ken Busby who is leading this mission to success and completion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Amend the rules to allow me a lifetime active membership in this fine organization.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa is the heartbeat of the community in NE Oklahoma. In addition to acting as a hub for arts and culture collaboration, the organization provides critical early childhood and K-12 exposure to the arts that is so limited in our current public education system. This organization has a rich history in its role as ambassador and envoy, and will only be strengthened going forward by the addition of financial and managerial skills, as well as the advent of a new and spectacular venue for its programs.

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The programs my child was exposed to in the public schools.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add a highly skilled CFO/Administrator

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

One of the strongest organizations I have ever been associated with.

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The collaboration with other non-profits and governmental entities, such as the Juvenile Bureau with Phoenix Rising, is an outstanding example of using best practices to achieve fantastic results.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the Programs to reach even more people

January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

I am currently the chairman of the board of Arts and Humanities and have the opportunity to participate in many of the programs. I helped at Art of Bar B Que this past year and had a great time at this fund raiser. We were able to let a lot of people know about our organization at that. Currently I am involved with the planning of a new Visual Arts Center that will be a way to expand our Arts in the Schools programming. Phoenix Rising is a particular favorite since it reaches kids that have not made it in any other school environment. These kids get such a confidence boost from creating their own art that it helps them acheive academically as well.

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Arts in the Schools and fund raising programs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create an endowment fund for the programming.

January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

Their ability to reach a large number of children in schools is amazing. They make a difference in their lives and give them opportunities that aren't possible otherwise. They also reach into the community to help other groups that might not have an experience opportunity that they provide. ie hospital, adjucated youth, etc.

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meeting some of the people they have influenced

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more funding

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