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Living Arts was organized for the development and presentation of contemporary art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are interested in newly evolving ideas, in the creation of art forms, in exploring the relationship of art to other disciplines and fields of knowledge and in sharing its interests with the community by encouraging the public to attend and participate in creative workshops, performances, exhibitions, films, demonstrations of current art, lectures, related educational activities and research.
We consider art as a basic and functional essential to each person’s full development. Living Arts strives to help create an environment in which art may thrive. We are aware, informed and actively participate in cultural history-in-the-making.
You can find us at 307 East M.B. Brady Street. We currently house a gallery, performance space, media center, education area and our main offices.
Living Arts keeps an active Board of Directors who are intentionally diverse in their make up. Directors are from both the business and the art sectors of the community and there is always one more artist on the board than non-artist. In addition to not missing more than two meetings in a row, each Director must serve on one of Living Arts’ Programming and Administrative Committees.
The Advisory Board is a separate group made up of key persons who are called in to advise or otherwise give aid to Living Arts in situations which arise on an as-needed basis.
Living Arts sends out a "Call for Proposals" annually and accepts proposals from local and national communities at large. Proposals from the community are presented by the Artistic Director to the Myers Gallery, Performance, New Music, Video, Education, New Genre Festival and Day of the Dead Committees, who then decide what they wish to present the following season. Their recommendations and budgets then go before the Board of Directors for final economic approval.
COMMUNITY ACCESS AND INVOLVEMENT
Living Arts is a nonprofit and open organization, encouraging the involvement of any person. It is funded through a broad spectrum of sources including: Memberships, Private Donations, Foundations, Corporate Charitable Gifts and Government Agencies. These sources are identified on all publicity and at each event. Our facilities provide barrier-free accessibility to the public with handicapped facilities. Living Arts does not discriminate in any way and takes an active stance on anti-racism and LGBT-friendship by providing programs which build "cultural bridges" between differing communities in Tulsa such as: Women in Video, Día de los Muertos Arts Festival, Issues of Race, Voices of Whole People and Drawing on Memories and many others.