Mayor G.T. Bynum will speak at the opening news conference of the Greenwood Art Project on May 26, at 1 p.m. The event will be held at an art installation at the Steps to Nowhere, 98 E. Haskell Place, between North Boston Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is available on the streets near the news conference. In case of rain, plans will be announced on the morning of May 26.
Other speakers at the news conference will be Jerica Wortham, Program Director of the Greenwood Art Project; Anita Contini and Stephanie Dockery from Bloomberg Philanthropies, who will present a video greeting by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies; Oklahoma State Senator Kevin L. Matthews, chairman of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and the lead artists of the Greenwood Art Project - Rick Lowe and William Cordova.
After the news conference, several of the art installations will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for public viewing. Others will be open all day. See the attached schedule. May 26 also includes a Meet the Artists event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Skyline Mansion, 620 N. Denver Ave.; and the G.A.P. Documentaries Screening from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Admiral Twin, 7355 E. Easton St. A recording of Charles "Chuck" Cissel's "All That Jazz and Blues" will play during the documentary screening.
Sending an RSVP email regarding the news conference is appreciated but not required. For more details about all the art installations, artists and events, see www.greenwoodartproject.org
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 presentations by the commissioned artists have begun. 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