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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts Education

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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AHCT does amazing work in Tulsa. They are an integral part in making the arts accessible to our community. We are lucky that they have such a committed staff who works had to make our city better.

Meghan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa goes above and beyond expectations when it comes to seeking input from local artists. Mr. Busby has organized many art gatherings of artists and those interested in the arts seeking information on what is needed locally for the Tulsa arts community to flourish. The Council is very proactive in providing exhibition space for artists, promoting theater productions and designing a climate friendly for musical productions. The Council is known for its approachability. I have personally attended many informational sessions and have felt that my comments and ideas were given respectful consideration.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Tammy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa offers Harwelden for any public school in the Tulsa area. Teachers attend a summer institute and have artists come to their school two to three times a year. The performances are always outstanding and really impact the children. Most of the children served are economically disadvantaged and might not ever have opportunity to view dances, plays, and musical performances. Every person our school has had contact with has been great and they all have a true love and passion for children and what they do!