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Gilcrease Museum to host free community “Thank You” celebration

by The Black Wall Street Times

TULSA, Okla. – Gilcrease Museum will host a “community celebration” from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday, June 26 to thank Tulsa area residents for their longstanding support with free museum admission, entertainment, food trucks and family activities on the museum grounds.

The event is a family picnic-style celebration before the museum temporarily closes July 5 in preparation for the demolition of the current museum and the construction of a new museum building anticipated for completion by fall 2024. In the interim, the museum will continue to host pop-up art and education experiences throughout the community.

“We’re excited to begin this new stage in the museum’s life, and we want to thank Tulsans for their incredible support over the years by inviting the community back to make one more Gilcrease memory and see some of their favorites from the collection,” said Susan Neal, executive director of Gilcrease Museum. 

Live music and more

Guests are invited to bring picnic blankets, chairs and their own food or purchase from a variety of food trucks on site. The day of family activities will include circus performers, a chalk artist, drummers, belly dancing and activity books for families. Visitors also will have a chance to see an official handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence.

In addition, the celebration will feature an opportunity for the public to get a close-up look at the architectural concept renderings for the new Gilcrease museum building.

Music for the day will include live music on stage, including: 

  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Tanya Maksood Acoustic Duo
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – King Cabbage Brass Band
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Paul Benjaman Band 

The north and Brannin (south) parking lots at the museum will be open. Overflow parking will be available at Central High School, 3101 W. Edison St., and complimentary shuttles will be available. 

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