ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL OF TULSA INC
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Board Member & I currently serve on the Executive Board with planning and implimenting our programs. I have chaired our primary humanities program Chautauqua, and served on committes for our other initiatives, such as the Visual Arts Center, Harweldon Awards, and Art o.