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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2016, 02:49:33 pm »

Add the BOK Center to all the things you listed and we drastically increase the likelihood that someone coming to town for a show decides to stay for a long weekend.  Add it all up and we keep events like the Arabian Horse show and BMX Nationals and we start adding to the list.  Most Tulsan's don't realize how easy it is becoming to sell Tulsa.
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 04:11:56 pm »

Add the BOK Center to all the things you listed and we drastically increase the likelihood that someone coming to town for a show decides to stay for a long weekend.  Add it all up and we keep events like the Arabian Horse show and BMX Nationals and we start adding to the list.  Most Tulsan's don't realize how easy it is becoming to sell Tulsa.


We started out 15-20 years ago with a fairly decent hot-fudge sundae of attractions.  These new things are adding the whipped cream and cherry on top!

Now if we can get more Californian's to bring the nutz...!

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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2016, 07:09:37 pm »

That's exactly right - it's about creating an ecosystem of attractions, which together are more than the sum of their parts.  I think that programming beyond the pure museum component is absolutely key to OKPOP's success - imagine performances, a music school, fantastic acts from genres that may not sell out stadiums (Delta blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass, Americana), writing workshops, etc.  A place where up and coming talent can be nurtured and get their work out there outside of bars.

GKFF is heavily involved in OKPOP.  So far they have killed it on programming, from the Guthrie Green to the various other museums in the Brady District, and I think they fully recognize that the museum has to have a steady stream of events to succeed.  I have a lot of hope. 

PLUS we'll start to get a music district.  OKPOP, Cain's, Soundpony, Yeti, all right there and you start to get one of those destinations where you don't need to plan in advance to expect quality entertainment.  You just show up and there will be at least one good show going on. 

Anyway I'm really excited about this!

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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2016, 08:30:55 pm »

That's exactly right - it's about creating an ecosystem of attractions, which together are more than the sum of their parts.  I think that programming beyond the pure museum component is absolutely key to OKPOP's success - imagine performances, a music school, fantastic acts from genres that may not sell out stadiums (Delta blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass, Americana), writing workshops, etc.  A place where up and coming talent can be nurtured and get their work out there outside of bars.

GKFF is heavily involved in OKPOP.  So far they have killed it on programming, from the Guthrie Green to the various other museums in the Brady District, and I think they fully recognize that the museum has to have a steady stream of events to succeed.  I have a lot of hope. 

PLUS we'll start to get a music district.  OKPOP, Cain's, Soundpony, Yeti, all right there and you start to get one of those destinations where you don't need to plan in advance to expect quality entertainment.  You just show up and there will be at least one good show going on. 

Anyway I'm really excited about this!



You forgot The Brady Theater and I would say the Brady District is already there.
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« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2016, 11:42:34 am »

I think this location is better than the previous sites mainly because it has more potential to drive additional new development around it.
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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2017, 10:33:21 am »

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OKPOP museum clears hurdle to build in Tulsa with $25 million in bonds approved

State bond council OKs $25 million in financing for facility in Brady Arts District

Efforts to build a museum of popular culture in downtown Tulsa cleared another hurdle on Thursday.

The state Council of Bond Oversight approved the sale of $25 million in bonds to build the four-story facility across from Cain’s Ballroom in the Brady Arts District.

“This is the culmination of one more very significant step toward the ultimate creation of this facility,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

The Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture, known as the OKPOP, will be just south of Interstate 244 at the corner of Main and Easton streets. The facility is expected to open in the spring of 2020, said Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

“I have high hopes this will be a very successful museum,” he said.

Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and take a year. It will take another six to eight months to move in the collections, Blackburn said.

Officials hope to privately raise another $15 million or more to support the facility, he said.

The museum will showcase actors, singers, artists, bands and writers, among others. It will highlight the “history of creativity by those who can make a living at it,” Blackburn said.

The museum will have space for interactive exhibits, educational programming, administration offices, and archival and collection storage.

The facility will be between 40,000 and 45,000 square feet and have a two-story, 100-space underground parking garage, which will generate revenue, Blackburn said.

The city of Tulsa is a partner in the parking facility and has pledged more than $2 million toward the garage, he said.

A rooftop feature is also part of the museum’s design, Blackburn said.

Mayor G.T. Bynum praised the concept of OKPOP.

“This museum is important not just because it honors our heritage, but more importantly because it will inspire the next generation of creative Oklahomans in a global economy that increasingly rewards creative thinking,” he said. “The state of Oklahoma’s commitment is significant and, in combination with both donor support and local government assistance, will help build a transformative destination for Oklahomans.”

 
Legislation authorizing the museum was passed and signed in 2015 after several failed attempts.

“We are ready to go,” Blackburn said.

Neal said the facility will attract visitors, new businesses and help create jobs.

Next week, a delegation will travel to Los Angeles and Seattle to look at similar facilities and learn more about generating revenue. The delegation will host a dinner for various Hollywood-based Oklahomans, seeking to get their input and recruit others to participate in the project, Blackburn said.

A trip to the East Coast will be made in the fall, he said.

“We are in the vision-seeking phase of it,” Blackburn said.




http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/okpop-museum-clears-hurdle-to-build-in-tulsa-with-million/article_01b1f823-3470-50ce-808c-20a358453fac.html
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