50 STORIES 50 YEARS: THEATRE NORTH

The cast of “The Me Nobody Knows” from 1982

The cast of “The Me Nobody Knows” from 1982

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Theatre North’s production of plays that reflect the African-American experience has been an integral element in the revival of Tulsa’s Greenwood District.

Public funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council has supported Theatre North’s participation in Tulsa’s Greenwood Arts Jubilee series – a series that has drawn attention to the historically important Greenwood district and revived focus on the importance of the Greenwood District in our nation’s race relations narrative.

The Greenwood Arts Jubilee is one of many programs through which Theatre North achieves their goal “to continue to maintain and stabilize an African-American performing arts community [and] to provide a nurturing environment for African-American theatre artists.”  

The Greenwood District is a point of pride among Tulsa’s African-American community, and Greenwood Arts Jubilee has brought record numbers of visitors to the area.    

Theatre North has been able to participate so strongly in this tourism-driving event because of the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council.

The development of thriving cultural districts like Greenwood that draw tourists and support for institutions like Theatre North is a critical function of Oklahoma Arts Council grants.

This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.