The Greenwood Art Project is featured in the current season of National Public Radio’s Museum Confidential podcasts hosted by Philbrook Museum’s Jeff Martin and produced by Public Radio Tulsa. For Women’s History Month in March, the latest podcast features an interview with Greenwood Art Project artist TheRese Anderson-Aduni. More podcast interviews with Greenwood Art Project artists will be added in the coming months. Visit https://www.npr.org/podcasts/557204718/museum-confidential
Greenwood Art Project Program Director Jerica Wortham joins host Jeff Martin to interview several of the artists involved in the project. The first artist interviewed, TheRese Anderson-Aduni, has produced a documentary, “Rebuilding Black Wall Street.” The film uses 16mm film footage shot by her father and chronicles the men and women who rebuilt Greenwood in the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
“The ancestors want to speak,” said Aduni, a retired educator and administrator. “This film was made with love and ancestral guidance. Wherever it is shown becomes a sacred space.” Aduni said the themes of her film are unity and collaboration, determination and tenacity with a sense of purpose.
The Greenwood Art Project is an initiative of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. Tulsa was awarded $1 million in 2019 from Bloomberg Philanthropies as a winning city in the foundation’s Public Art Challenge. The George Kaiser Family Foundation also has contributed $200,000 to the Greenwood Art Project.
The Greenwood Art Project, led by artists Rick Lowe and William Cordova with Jerica Wortham, Marlon Hall, Jeff Van Hanken and Kode Ransom, seeks to raise awareness of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and destruction of its thriving Black community in the historic Greenwood District that included Black Wall Street, one of the most prominent Black-owned business districts in the United States during the early 1900s. The Greenwood Art Project also celebrates the resilience, healing and recovery of the community, with new resonance in today’s challenging times.
Greenwood Art Project artists were chosen in 2020, and the commissioned artists are preparing their works for display during the next few months. For details about the Greenwood Art Project, visit www.greenwoodartproject.org/about and follow social media on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenwoodartproject and Instagram at www.instagram.com/greenwood.art.project