What you need to know about Tulsa this month
A group honors artistic legacy, a new boathouse is proposed, a neighborhood gets renamed and more.
Founding members of Arts Alliance Tulsa’s Jane Heard Clinton Society
Group honors ‘mother of the Tulsa arts scene’
A group of female arts supporters are celebrating and continuing the legacy of early Tulsan Jane Heard Clinton through a new society named for her. Its goal is to build a community of diverse and inclusive female philanthropists who inspire and encourage other women to strengthen the arts and cultural environment of Tulsa, organizers say.
“We wanted to develop a women’s leadership group to recognize the extraordinary role women play in the arts and in supporting the arts in Tulsa,” says Todd Cunningham, executive director of Arts Alliance Tulsa. AAT provides supplemental funding and audience support to 40 local performing arts groups and arts institutions.
Cunningham calls Heard Clinton “the mother of the Tulsa arts scene.” A cultured aristocrat from Georgia, she was the wife of Dr. Fred S. Clinton, who built the first hospital in Tulsa. She was a charter member of the Philbrook Art Center, the Tuesday Book Club and the Hyechka Club, helped bring the New York Symphony to Tulsa in 1911 and fundraised to build the Convention Hall (now the Brady Theater) in 1914.
The Jane Heard Clinton Society has more than 50 members, who attend activities throughout the year, including behind-the-scenes tours of Alliance member organizations.
JHCS membership starts at $250 per year. For more membership information or to join, contact Anna Inhofe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-289-0222.
61st and Peoria gets rebranded
— Tulsan Ella Marshall, who lives near East 61st Street and South Peoria Avenue.
In late 2017, residents of apartment complexes in the area submitted name ideas as part of community outreach activities envisioned in a grant from the U.S. Justice Department for Community-based Crime Reduction. Area students chose the winning name, which will be announced this month.
Rowing club floats new boathouse
The Tulsa Rowing Club hopes to have a new boathouse late this spring or early summer to replace the one destroyed by arson in 2016. The club recently unveiled renderings of the new facility designed by Fritz Bailey Architects. It will occupy the same site as the previous structure near River West Festival Park.
Insurance will cover the majority of the new build, but not the increased cost of a design that meets the requirements of the city’s new River Design Overlay, passed after the original boathouse was destroyed.
Rowing club member Claudia Brierre estimates the club must raise $150,000 to complete the new facility. Additional funds, approximately $120,000, could be raised to add “extra” amenities such as a mezzanine, a workout space and training areas.
The Tulsa Rowing Club has more than 100 members ages 13-75. Boathouse donations can be made at tulsarowing.org.
Voices of Oklahoma
— Lynn Schusterman, chairwoman of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation