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Students remember the Tulsa Race Riot with art

Published 5/27/2011




Tulsa Public Schools


Karen Rogers


053121 90 years later

On the day of the Tulsa Race Riot, May 31, 1921, Booker T. Washington & Central were the only two high schools that existed in Tulsa. In the aftermath of the riot, these schools were utilized by the community as focal points for providing assistance to survivors and victims. Although both campuses have relocated, the legacy of this tragic day remains a part of the collective history of the students who attend classes there.

Present day students were asked to review the recorded history of this event and respond creatively from their vantage point 90 years later, while exploring personal, cultural and historical ramifications of the event using resources from various local cultural organizations. Works will include two and three dimensional visual art, photography, music performance, poetry or any combination of the mediums.

The student art work will be on display Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 23 at the Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady in the West End Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

The works will be judged by professionals from the visual and performing arts who will award cash prizes based on the quality of creative execution and artistic expression.

Jose Marino, a student at Central Fine & Performing Arts High School, won the competition for the design for the exhibition, 053121 – 90 Years Later. His image was created in Nicole McMahan's graphic design class at Central, and includes a photograph of the Tulsa Race Riot that is used, courtesy of the Greenwood Cultural Center.

Special thanks to Hannibal Johnson, Steve Liggett, Chris Combs, Wendy Thomas, R. C. and Vicki Morrison, Cynthia Brown and the art teachers at Central & Booker T. Washington High School for encouraging their students to participate.

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