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Arts And Humanities Council Of Tulsa Inc

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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.