Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Tulsa Visual Arts Center

!2nd Action Alert!

Thanks to all of you who sent letters to the Mayor regarding your support of the Tulsa Contemporary visual arts center in the Brady Arts District. The letters have made an impact! The visual arts center is being considered for as much as $2 Million in the upcoming 3rd Penny Sales Tax. The Mayor has said that he is in support of this initiative.

As the list is finalized for 3rd Penny Sales Tax, please send a short letter THIS WEEK (the week of August 29) to our nine City Councilors expressing your support for this initiative. Their names and districts are listed below for reference. We still need to show broad support from various constituencies throughout Tulsa.

Below is a sample letter that you can modify. It has the mailing address, which is the same for each councilor.

Thanks so much for your time and consideration!


August 30, 2005

Councilor ________________
District ______
City Hall
200 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

Dear Councilor ________________,

I understand that you are currently reviewing projects for potential 3rd penny sales tax funding. I understand that site acquisition for the Tulsa Contemporary Visual Arts Center is being considered at somewhere between $1.7 and $2 Million.

I would hope you would remember the following as you review the proposed projects:

1. This third-penny cycle is likely to be the only public investment in Downtown Tulsa that falls within a three year “window of opportunity” for private development to capitalize on the Vision 2025 projects. It is critical that the City of Tulsa continue a consistent commitment to downtown development in a significant way (not just words) to bring private dollars to the table. If Downtown Tulsa is not a visible keystone of this election, the private market will decide Vision 2025 was a one-shot deal, and the City of Tulsa does not have the political will to support serious on-going development.

2. There is no better “keystone” project to showcase this commitment than Tulsa Contemporary. It has been recognized by the national consultants brought in to make Tulsa a “cool” city as precisely the type of public/private non-profit/private-for-profit mix of funding and uses that creates exciting urban environments.

3. Please remember: unlike straight capital expenditures, site acquisition of the Tulsa Contemporary multiplies the public investment over four times because the renovation costs will be raised through private, non-profit donations. It is at the top of the “cool” list for retaining our creative class, and it would both illustrate and demonstrate your commitment to the arts community in Tulsa.

Your support of this funding initiative would be greatly appreciated, and will make a tremendous impact on Tulsa’s future.

Sincerely,

(your name)
(your address)

Councilor List:
Jack Henderson
District 1

Chris Medlock
District 2

Roscoe Turner
District 3

Tom Baker
District 4

Bill Martinson
District 5

Jim Mautino
District 6

Randy Sullivan
District 7

Bill Christiansen
District 8

Susan Neal
District 9