Friday, December 2, 2011

Connecting Artists, the Public and Learning: Hardesty Arts Center

Architects' rendering of the Hardesty Arts Center, opening December 2012

We recently announced a new 2012 exhibition featuring Oklahoma artists, Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma.  Last week we highlighted the planning that led to the exhibition format. This time, I want to profile our gallery partner, the new Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center, also known as AHHA. We are pleased to work with AHHA because of their innovative educational programs, emphasis on connecting living artists with audiences and wonderful new galleries.  

Slated to open in December 2012, AHHA will be a 42,656 square foot arts center in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.  The center will house galleries; classrooms for many studio disciplines; a media lab; a photography suite; a reference library; and indoor and outdoor event spaces.  Reflecting its artist-centered focus, the building will be topped with studios accessible 24 hours a day.

AHHA Director Kathy McRuiz said, “AHHA will be a hub of activity with a street presence and a welcoming feel. OVAC’s track record of excellent exhibitions assures that we will have a first-class grand opening where Concept/OK will be seen by thousands of visitors from across the state and region. We are especially excited about the Residencies, which represent the audience participatory nature of future AHHA programs."

Planned over many years, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s AHHA will house and improve the Council’s already established arts education programs.  

When AHHA opens, youth will take classes and mentor with professional artists to develop their interest in the arts and become part of the creative culture. The Community and Learning Studios, where the Residencies will take place, will be incubators where visiting artists will get to know the participants and help create collective artistic statements or collaborative works. The center will offer much-needed space for artists and arts organizations to make and display their art, while making the arts accessible to all.

Read more about the project in this article or on the website Learn more about the Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition, see

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