(September 16, 2020) - 918 Day (Sept. 18) is almost here and the City of Tulsa has a variety of options for Tulsans to get involved as we celebrate our city’s diversity and growth. The City launched 918 Day in 2018 as part of the Resilient Tulsa Strategy, which calls for increasing social cohesion by facilitating connections and community-building in all corners of the city.
This year’s theme is, “Rising Through Resilience.” To celebrate 918 Day, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity (MORE) will host a variety of activities, many of which are virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To see everything happening this 918 Day, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/918Day.
“Through the decades, what made Tulsa unique has been our continual ability to unite and thrive amidst great challenges,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We are a resilient city, and this year has shown that more than most. Businesses have sacrificed for the health of citizens, neighbors have helped one another as the floodwaters rose, and we came together in our shared grief over the loss of a beloved Tulsa police sergeant. And still we move forward, continuing to build a better city for the next generation in spite of all these hardships. This is resilience defined, and it makes this 918 Day a particularly special one as we celebrate all that makes Tulsa such a great city.”
918 Day Video Series
Throughout the day on Friday, a series of 918 Day videos will be published on the Resilient Tulsa Facebook page (@ResilientTulsa) and the City of Tulsa’s Facebook (@CityofTulsaGov) and YouTube pages. Each video focuses on topics related to resilience and equity.
Due to the pandemic, many events including the Scavenger Hunt and Mayor Bynum’s 24-hour tour of Tulsa will not occur this year, but a video message from Mayor Bynum and messages sent in from nearly 40 area organizations, public officials, businesses and others will wish Tulsans a Happy 918 Day in lieu of in-person events.
918 Day Graphics & Coloring Pages
This year, the City has created social media graphics, printable posters and coloring pages that anyone can download and display to "Celebrate the 918." This year’s design concept is built around the idea of a circuit board, representing the digital nature of this year's event, the opportunity to connect with one another, and the ability to rise through challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic. On the social media graphics and posters, you’ll find icons of Tulsa landmarks, timely elements such as the COVID-19 virus structure, and more.
All 918 Day graphics, posters and coloring sheets can be found at www.cityoftulsa.org/918Day. Images you can use on your social media pages for your profile pictures and header images are also available on the website.
If you’re a restaurant or business, we encourage you to print off the coloring pages and hand them out to your patrons. Keep track of your coloring pages, take some pictures of the best ones, and upload them to your social media pages with the hashtag, #918Day.
918 Day Specials
Multiple Tulsa businesses have submitted their 918 Day specials. To view a map to see where each special is located, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/918Day. To submit your special before Sept. 18, use the sign-up form at https://arcg.is/rSCeT0.
Williams Tower Lights Up
On Friday night, Williams Tower in Downtown Tulsa will light up in celebration of 918 Day. Residents are encouraged to look toward Tulsa’s skyline in the evening when Williams will have offices lit up in the shape of “918.” Those who see it are encouraged to take pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag, #918Day.
River Parks Photo Op Stations
Several selfie stations will be situated at multiple River Parks locations. Stations will be made obvious through large letters spelling out the numbers “918.” Two stations will be located at River West Festival Park, one at 41st St. Plaza and one at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. Make a point to get outside, explore these areas, find the selfie stations, and post your selfies to social media with the hashtag, #918Day.
Parking Day Pop-Up Parklets
Parking spaces in the heart of Downtown Tulsa will be converted into urban parklets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, to celebrate both Park(ing) Day and 918 Day. Organizations and businesses have signed up to participate in the annual event, which will transform Downtown’s parking spaces into pop-up parks and public spaces.
Park(ing) Day is an annual global open-source event where community members collaborate to re-imagine metered parking spaces. These temporary interventions encourage people to think about the important role public spaces play in improving urban environments. In light of COVID-19, safe and outdoor public spaces are increasingly important.
The public is invited to stop by each of the pop-up installations that will be located on Boston Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite activation. All votes will be tabulated and a special award will be given to the winning parklet.
All organizations will pay for hourly usage of the on-street parking spaces during normal enforcement hours. Additional details can be found at www.tulsaparkingday.com.
Downtown Phone Booth: Stay Connected
The red, old-fashioned telephone booth on the south corner of E. 3rd St. and S. Lansing Ave. in Downtown Tulsa is yet another 918 Day destination. The booth is meant to help Tulsans learn about their city government and to encourage social change by connecting with their elected officials, completing the census, and registering to vote. Outside the phone booth, you’ll find citizen guides, voter registration forms and 2020 Census flyers. Those who visit the booth are encouraged to take pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag, #918Day.
Keep checking the City’s the website, www.cityoftulsa.org/918Day, for community events that will be occurring around 918 Day and 918 Day specials, which are outlined in a detailed map. You can also follow the Resilient Tulsa Facebook page, @ResilientTulsa, for 918 Day updates.
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