Gathering Place kicks off new summer programming for kids this Friday

by The Black Wall Street Times

“It’s Electric: An Energy Investigation!” is a music series focused on STEM education.

Students visit the five-acre Adventure Playground at Gathering Place, part of an ambitious public park. Its active commons can function as one of the city’s central open spaces. (Credit: Nick Oxford for The New York Times)

Tulsa, Oklahoma—Gathering Place will host a new summer concert series focused on energy and sustainability at the Gather Round Stage beginning June 4 through July 30. “It’s Electric: An Energy Investigation!” will take place every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Hot Toast Music Company will headline the series with performances that combine live experiments, movement, instrument play, and catchy songs.

“We’re excited to host an interactive, STEM-focused music program for kids and their families visiting the Park on Fridays this summer,” says Andrea Leitch, Vice President of Marketing at Gathering Place. “We’re grateful to partner with the AEP Foundation and Public Service Company of Oklahoma for this innovative event that is free for all kids to experience.”

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“It’s Electric: An Energy Investigation!” is free to the public thanks to AEP/PSO’s Explore & Imagine program at Gathering Place. Each weekly concert event will feature new songs and instruments and kids can participate in hands-on activities related to composting and recycling, generating electricity with unlikely sources, learning about energy from the sun, and much more.

Thousands of students will participate

“At PSO, we recognize the value of experiential learning in improving literacy and STEM-related skills,” said Peggy Simmons, president and chief operating officer, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, a unit of American Electric Power. “The Gathering Place is a tremendous asset to our community and we’re excited to collaborate with them to provide engaging and educational field trips and curriculum to area students.  It’s an honor for us to invest in our community’s future leaders.”

Each school year, over 15,000 students will participate in the field trips funded through this grant.

“Explore & Imagine” programs aim to increase access and equity through quality educational opportunities. Visit www.gatheringplace.org/explore-imagine for more information on “It’s Electric: An Energy Investigation!” and more Explore & Imagine programs. 

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