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$1 million grant opens new opportunity as commission seeks project manager to oversee The Greenwood Art Project

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By: Nate Morris

TULSA, OK – A million dollar grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies has left Tulsa in search of a project manager to oversee the upcoming Greenwood Art Project, telling the story of Black Wall Street and the Greenwood district.

The role, which would center around the task of bringing together a myriad of community members, business owners, artists, city officials and other partners, allows an exciting opportunity to tell the full story and history of our city.

Likewise, as gentrification continues throughout the historic Greenwood district (now called the Tulsa Arts District), many hope that the project will not stop at telling the story of the 1921 massacre, but will also help to shift focus toward the future of a neighborhood rich in Black history, Black power and Black wealth.

These sentiments were echoed by District One councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper in a speech at an event announcing the grant.

“I will admit that art will not bring reconciliation or even help some restore and revitalize our precious Greenwood but it can remind us of what gentrification can do to a community’s history,” Hall-Harper stated.

The application period for the position, lead by Project Coordinator Jeff VanHanken and Lead Artist Rick Lowe, is open until Monday, February 4th.

Individuals interested in learning more or applying can click this link to access additional information.

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