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Summer Piano Camp 2024

Are you an intermediate to advanced level piano student in grades 9-12? Then you don’t want to miss out on the University of Tulsa’s summer piano camp! This five-day program, held from June 3-7, offers you the chance to work with TU piano faculty and attend seminars, workshops, and presentations designed to equip you with the necessary skills for a career in music or to simply enhance your life through music performance and informed listening.

As if that weren’t enough, the camp will also feature a guest artist. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other student musicians, as well as watch performances by TU faculty, students, and alumni. But don’t worry if you’re not in grades 9-12; students younger than 9th grade can also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Don’t miss the chance to take your piano skills to the next level and connect with other passionate musicians. Apply now to the University of Tulsa’s summer piano camp!

Photography Exhibition: We Protest

Discover the rich history of political and social demonstrations in Oklahoma with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities’ upcoming exhibition, We Protest. This exhibition provides a unique insight into the different forms of civil disobedience, including protests, rallies, marches, and sit-ins, and how they have shaped our constitutional rights to free speech and peaceful assembly. Join us from April 5-27 and July 5-27 to explore the underlying tensions that exist in our society and learn how these demonstrations have played a crucial role in shaping Oklahoma’s history. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history in the making!

Harmony of Duality: A Two-Spirit Journey

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is thrilled to partner with Twisted Arts to bring “Harmony of Duality: A Two-Spirit Journey” to 101 Archer! “Harmony of Duality” explores Indigenous identities and expressions through the lens of Two-Spirit individuals. The exhibition celebrates and honors the rich diversity of gender, sexuality, and cultural heritage within Indigenous communities. Featuring a stunning array of artworks spanning various mediums such as paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media installations, “Harmony of Duality” invites attendees to embark on a visual journey that intertwines tradition with contemporary perspectives.

Through imagery and narratives, the exhibition delves into the complex intersections of spirituality, identity, and resilience, shedding light on the experiences of Two-Spirit individuals navigating their unique paths within Indigenous cultures. Each artwork serves as a testament to the strength and beauty found in embracing one’s true self, challenging conventional notions of gender and sexuality while celebrating the harmony found within duality.

In addition to showcasing the artistic talents of Two-Spirit artists, “Harmony of Duality” offers a platform for dialogue and reflection, fostering greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous perspectives on gender and identity. Attendees can expect to engage with the artists, participate in interactive discussions, and immerse themselves in a transformative cultural experience that celebrates diversity and inclusion. “Harmony of Duality: A Two-Spirit Journey” promises to be a profound and inspiring event that honors the resilience and creativity of Two-Spirit individuals while inviting attendees to embrace the beauty of duality within themselves and their communities.

“Harmony of Duality” opens on April 5 during the First Friday Art Crawl and runs through the month of April. Admission is always free. 101 Archer is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m.

Chant Down: Powerful Performance that Explores Traditional Caribbean songs

“Chant Down” is a powerful performance that explores traditional Caribbean songs and the anticolonial legacies that shaped ancestral percussive and chanting techniques. The collective chanting of the performers seeks to access the vibrational registers where the history of Black and Indigenous struggle is preserved. This experimental vocal and percussive ensemble weaves together multiple Caribbean and Latin American musical traditions, connected by a rhythmic tissue that brings together sonic practices that have played a significant role in the political history of the Americas. “Chant Down” is not just a performance; it is a call to action that aims to rescue these sonic practices and recover them for a contemporary understanding of their value, relevance, and political potential. By participating in “Chant Down,” you will experience the power of music to create social change.

Reserve your spot here. 

Opening Reception: “We Have Arrived”

We Have Arrived is a group exhibition, which takes its name from the English translation of José Luis Vargas’ painting ya llegamos. The exhibition explores Afro-Indigenous histories of Tvlse/Tulsa and beyond, through the work of contemporary visual artists, including Antonio Andrews (No Parking Studios), Ashanti Chaplin, Elisa Harkins, Sterlin Harjo, Natani Notah, Nathan Young, and others.

An Indigenous-run art gallery and cafe called Territory Indigenous Art (TIA) is in development in Tulsa, Oklahoma/Indian Territory, with collaborators Yatika Starr Fields, James Rattling Leaf, and Jordan Poorman Cocker. The image used for the exhibition is José Luis Vargas’ ya llegamos, which is an oil and glaze on canvas piece that measures 79 x 89 ½ inches.

Location to be announced.

Reserve your spot here. 

Breakfast at Kalup Linzy’s Queen Rose Art House

The Queen Rose Art House, founded in 2021 by interdisciplinary artist Kalup Linzy, is a social and critical art space that engages with local, national, and international art communities. The upcoming exhibition, Ancient.Modern.Futuristic, curated by Linzy, will feature artworks that provoke dialogue around ancient, modern, and future sovereignties. The exhibition will kick off with a breakfast and opening reception. The Queen Rose Art House hosts a variety of events, including gatherings, performances, exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, and short-term artist residencies, to inspire and create a safe space for artists to dwell.

Queen Rose Art House

843 North Birmingham Place Tulsa, OK 74110

Reserve your spot here. 

Food Sovereignty

The Sovereign Futures gathering is set to take place at the Harvest Land Farm of the Osage Nation – a program site that holds great significance. To make the event even more special, Chef Ben Jacobs from the Osage tribe will be cooking a traditional Osage meal for the attendees, using ingredients sourced from Clark-Asberry Homestead Ranch – one of the last independently owned Black farms in Tulsa County – and Osage Nation’s Harvest Land Farm. By showcasing the culinary heritage of the Osage tribe and supporting independent Black farming, Sovereign Futures is not only providing a unique experience but also promoting cultural diversity and social justice. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event!

Osage Nation Harvest Land Farm

102 Midland Avenue Pawhuska, OK 74056

“April Fools” Fireside Stand-Up Night

The TU Tee-Hee Club invites students, faculty, and Tulsa community members to our mid-semester comedy show, “April Fools” Fireside Stand-Up Night! Laugh with us as we bring you performances from local comedians, including some of TU’s own. Entrance is free for all guests and attendants.

Follow @tuteeheeclub on Instagram for more information about the event and club meetings.

Sovereign Futures

The University of Tulsa’s Department of Film Studies presents Sovereign Futures, a three-day convening of leading artists, academics, curators, and minds that will unfold over time and in multiple locations. Organized by New York-based Visiting Curator Allison Glenn, Sovereign Futures presents a constellation of artists’ projects, performances, meals, and panel discussions that provoke dialogues on sovereignty through the lens of contemporary practices.

Convening sites include the Osage Nation’s Harvest Land Farm; the historically Black pioneer town of Boley, Oklahoma, home to the first Black-owned electric company and the first Black-owned bank in the United States; Guthrie Green, Tulsa’s urban park and performance space, and interdisciplinary artist Kalup Linzy’s Queen Rose Art House, a social and critical art space that hosts performances, exhibitions, and short-term artist residencies.

Curatorial advisers to the project include Kalyn Fay Barnoski (Cherokee Nation enrollee, Muscogee Creek descent), assistant curator, Native American Art, Philbrook Museum of Art; visual artist Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Osage); Caleb Gayle, professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism, and contributing writer, New York Times Magazine; and interdisciplinary artist Rick Lowe, co-curator, Greenwood Arts Project. Insight providedby Jeff Van Hanken, department chair and Wellspring Associate Professor of Film Studies in TU’s Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and GAP Project coordinator.

The curatorial framework for the Sovereign Futures convening is developed by Glenn, in conversation with Barnoski, Fields, Gayle, and Lowe. During the four-day gathering, artist-led projects will explore themes of sovereignty through the lens of food, land, speculative futures, and histories of the place that is now called Oklahoma.

Learn more here. 

TU Wind Ensemble

The University of Tulsa Wind Ensemble will present their first Spring semester concert on in the Lorton Performance Center’s Gussman Concert Hall.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Matt Schepers, will perform Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song and Molly on the Shore, the first movement of Symphony in Bb for Band by Paul Hindemith, and the Florentiner March by Julius Fučík.