Tulsa's high quality, innovative, site-specific temporary public art program is an investment in creativity that invigorates urban spaces, inspires community, attracts visitors and contributes to economic development.
WHO ARE WE?
Four Tulsa Arts Commissioners organized UCAP in 2012 and formed the UCAP Advisory Board made up of Tulsa leaders with interests in downtown, the arts and local history. Tulsa Arts Commission members who founded UCAP are Robert Sober, Holbrook Lawson, Linda Frazier, and Joan Seay. Ken Busby joined the leadership team in 2015 and Leigh Ann Moss joined in 2017.
WHAT DO WE DO?
The Urban Core Art Project (UCAP) was established with a mission to develop site-inspired temporary public art in the heart of historic downtown Tulsa. The goal of the program is to animate downtown with ongoing temporary public art designed to activate pedestrian space, encourage a lively urban core, foster economic development, and contribute to the adaptive reuse of empty office buildings.
WHY TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART?
Temporary public art initiatives are popular nationally and internationally contributing to city revitalization and economic development. They add whimsy and beauty to a public space while engaging viewers to think about their surroundings in fresh ways. Because temporary installations generally cost less and do not require long-term commitments or a lengthy approval process, the projects tend to be more provocative and encourage public dialogue and street activity. In spite of the ephemeral nature of the installations, they typically leave lasting impressions.
Artwork Title: PRAIRIE SCHOONERS
Artist: Patrick Dougherty
Site: Chapman Centennial Green in downtown Tulsa at 6th and Main St.
Dates: March 2018-March 2019
Artwork Title: TRACE
Artist: Grace Grothaus Grim and Geoffrey Hicks
Site: The Center of the Universe, 20 E Archer St
Unveiling: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 8 pm.
Dates: May 2016-May 2018
Artwork Title: TULSA PATTERNS (FIREFLY REFERENCE)
Artist: Kansas City based artist, James Woodfill
Site: Mimosa Tree–Pinnacle Building at 3rd and Detroit
Date: April 3, 2015 – April 1, 2016
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