Kendall Whittier 2.0

Two groups are making strides in the north Tulsa neighborhood.



Kara Joy McKee and Ed Sharrer are the executive directors of nonprofits that assist with social services and economic development in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.

Kendall Whittier started as a “streetcar suburb” along a trolley line out of downtown Tulsa in 1909. By 1968, it was a center for poverty and crime. That’s when local churches formed Kendall Whittier Ministries, working together to improve the quality of life for residents.

Today, Kendall Whittier 2.0 is on the rise, thanks in part to the new momentum of downtown Tulsa as well as several nonprofit and private partnerships.

Kendall Whittier Main Street (KWMS), for instance, is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the Main Street model in 1980, and today there are more than 1,000 Main Street programs across the country. KWMS is one of 38 officially designated Main Street communities in Oklahoma. Executive Director Ed Sharrer acts as the organization’s one-man chamber of commerce.

“The best way to save a neighborhood is to make it economically viable,” he says. “It’s the practical component to preservation.”

In the past 15 months, seven new merchants have set up shop along Admiral Boulevard in Whittier Square. Rebecca Joskey recently moved her Urban Furnishings store from Brookside to Kendall Whittier.

“I’m a destination because I’m a niche business,” she says. “Most customers shop virtually before coming to the store.”

Joskey also is an artist and included space at her new location for a painting studio.

“A great emerging design and art community is popping up here,” she says.

Culturally, the neighborhood continues to evolve. Almost 70 percent Latino, Kendall Whittier is home to the new West Park development. This $36 million project of the George Kaiser Family Foundation features 128 mixed-income and 20 student-housing units, plus office space and a renovated outdoor area. Integration, not gentrification, is the idea: people coming together to work as neighbors.

Another group, Kendall Whittier Inc. (KWI), focuses on social services in the neighborhood. Its goal is to help families and children, from birth to higher education.

“We take a step-by-step, strategic approach to improving the quality of life, currently focusing on food and nutrition,” says Executive Director Kara Joy McKee, who came to KWI this past summer.

At the neighborhood’s emergency food pantry, any resident or family in need may receive a week’s worth of groceries up to four times a year. To reach out to Hispanic residents, the organization added culturally appropriate foods and hired a Spanish-speaking liaison to work with the families in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.

“We provide services with dignity,” McKee says.

Nutrition is addressed through Grow Garden, a community teaching garden. For six years, neighbors have been planting, tending and sharing in the harvest. The program coordinator works with the elementary school students in the GROW Garden and with Growing Together, an adult program of the Community Action Project, to provide area families with garden start-up kits so they can grow food at home.

“There is great pride in feeding their families, enjoying time with their families and building a sense of accomplishment,” McKee says.

And for students who may not excel academically, the garden can be a fertile source of self-confidence.

“We want to keep creative, smart, bilingual young people here in Tulsa to live, work and raise a family,” she says. “In that sense, the garden connects generations as well as the community.”

While KWMS and KWI each have a different focus, it’s clear they have a common purpose: investing in a part of Tulsa that has long been ignored. Similarly, Sharrer likes the idea of blurring boundaries in this one special corner of the city.

“Someone can have coffee at the Phoenix, see at movie at the Circle Cinema, and never know where one neighborhood ends and another starts,” he says. “This is not your father’s Kendall Whittier.”

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Do you and your pup have "cabin fever"? Come out to the Botanic Garden during our "Dog Days of Winter" - Fridays and Saturdays during January and February only when four-legged...

Cost: Free for Garden members & their dogs. Admission + $4 per dog for non-members.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Pain Management Class Non-medical Treatments for Pain Non-medical treatments may be used to treat chronic pain, along with pain medicines. They might also be used alone for mild pain or...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Glenpool Library
730 E. 141st Street
Glenpool, OK  74033
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Sponsor: Success Skills
Telephone: 405-401-3519
Contact Name: Ron Watkins

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34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019   Agora Gallery is pleased to invite artists from across the globe to enter the 34th Annual Chelsea...

Cost: $45 entry fee for up to 5 images ($5 for each additional image)

Where:
Agora Gallery
530 W 25th St.
New York, NY  10001
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Sponsor: Agora Gallery
Telephone: +1 212-226-4151
Contact Name: Carolina Carilo
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Winter's Grace Publishing, of northeast Oklahoma, is holding its inaugural Dead of Winter Flash Fiction Contest. It opened January 1 and it closes February 28. It's open to all creative writers...

Cost: $15 per story

Where:
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Sponsor: Winter's Grace Publishing
Telephone: 918-852-6311
Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Youth members of the six area Boys & Girls Clubs compete for college scholarships in the Annual Youth of the Year competition. The winners are announced at this banquet. Volunteers making a...

Cost: $75

Where:
ORU Global Learning Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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Cocktails, dinner and program with live and silent auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun!  New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun! New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational incarceration,...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond Event Center
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Cocktails, dinner and program;  silent and live auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Support youth leaders emerging from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa. Each candidate is competing for higher education scholarships. Our goal is for youth leader to be a winner and advance with...

Cost: $50 Individual Tickets and Sponsor Levels

Where:
Global Learning Center at ORU
7777 S Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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6-10:30 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st Street. The 2019 Lunar New Year Gala at Southern Hills Country Club will be an elegant evening of candlelight, fine dining, children’s party...

Cost: $150, individual tickets; $1,000-$25,000, sponsorships.

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Dillon International
Telephone: 918-748-5613
Contact Name: Marcia Graham
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COOKING UP COMPASSION FACT SHEET ABOUT THE EVENT:  Long time donors Margo and Kent Dunbar are Honorary Chairs for the event. Now in its fourteenth year, Cooking Up Compassion raises funds for the...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tulsa Ballroom at the Cox Business Center
3rd & Houston
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Catholic Charities
Telephone: 918-508-7115
Contact Name: Jennifer Allen
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Winterset is an annual formal event of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation which brings together the osteopathic profession and their community partners to benefit projects which improve the health...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Osteopathic Founders Foundation
Telephone: 918-551-7300
Contact Name: Michele Caine
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Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Consumed...

Cost: $25.00 for adults, $22.50 for students & seniors with ID

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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