My top 10: Shirley Elliott
Program and development director, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust
Although not an artist by trade, Shirley Elliott is the driving force behind some of the city’s most impressive art offerings. She began her career at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center as a writer for Intermission Magazine and followed opportunities upward to programming events and hiring artists.
Today she is the program and development director for the Tulsa PAC Trust, which recently partnered with the George Kaiser Family Foundation to bring free arts programming to the Guthrie Green. In May she was honored with the Newsmakers Award from the Association of Women in Communications for her work with the Guthrie Green.
Men: My three sons, grandson, sweetheart and two brothers: Joel, Aaron, Daniel, Jack, Steve, John and Richard.
My Job: Working in the arts is fun, frustrating, rewarding and exhausting but ultimately full of joy.
The Vespa: Steve and I love riding around together on our Vespa. The one time I drove we crashed!
Oysters on the half shell: S & J Oyster … yum.
Gardening: Life springing from dirt and manure gives us all hope.
Ancestry.com: Thomas Elliott, my sixth great grandfather came to America from England around 1750. Amazing.
Travel: International travel opens both the heart and mind. I can’t get enough!
Ghosts: Shameless plug for my book “The Ghost Signs of Downtown Tulsa”
Tulsa: It’s a great time to live in our beautiful city!
Poetry: If a painting is worth a thousand words, then a poem is worth a thousand paintings.