Tulsa Summer Activities Fair from Arts Alliance Tulsa
If your kids – or you – have ever wanted to act, dance, sing, sculpt, paint, woodwork or blow glass, you can find out where to learn at ExplorARTorium, a one-stop shop for information about visual and performing arts classes in Tulsa – from kids’ summer camps to adult education programs. Sponsored by Arts Alliance Tulsa, the event will be on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, located at 2021 East 71st Street. ExplorARTorium is free thanks to the support of the Jewish Federation and TulsaKids Magazine.
“This is our first year in exploring this type of expo,” said Chad Oliverson marketing director for Arts Alliance Tulsa. “You can go to one place and learn what is offered by almost 40 Alliance member organizations, from Fab Lab to Philbrook, theatre to dance and everything in between.”
Arts Alliance Tulsa members wanted to give parents and youth an opportunity to find out about their summer camps, activities and programs all at one time, in one place. Adults who are interested in pursuing classes will also be able to talk to participants about the many arts-related opportunities in the Tulsa area. The ExplorARTorium allows Alliance members to explain their programs and answer questions face-to-face with potential students.
“Part of Arts Alliance Tulsa’s mission is audience development,” Oliverson said. “So beyond our main goal of raising supporting funds to our Alliance members, we want to showcase…the extensive list of work they do for education within our community.”
The members also hope to educate the community about the diversity of programs available, as well as the importance of arts education. Scientific research shows a multitude of studies highlighting the importance of the arts in many areas. For example, playing a musical instrument creates more neural pathways in the brain. Children learn problem-solving skills through the arts as well as creative and innovative thinking, all much valued by employers in the business community. And, one oft-quoted statistic is that high school students who have had four years of arts and music classes have higher SAT scores than students with one-half year or less (American for the Arts).
Not only do individuals benefit from arts programs, but the economy does as well. Oliverson points out that non-profit arts and culture organizations such as the members of Arts Alliance Tulsa are economic drivers that create jobs, generate government revenue and are “the cornerstone of our tourism industry.”
Find out more about how the arts impact the community and how you and your family can be involved, not just in taking classes or participating in a camp, but also in going to performances. Arts Alliance Tulsa maintains an events/exhibition calendar, and will be launching a comprehensive education/workshops/classes calendar at ExplorARTorium.
With approximately 40 diverse arts organizations from WaterWorks to the Tulsa Youth Symphony to Clark Youth Theatre to the Woody Guthrie Center, visitors can learn how they can take classes or find camps and activities to enrich their summer.