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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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.
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.
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.
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.