About

About Ahha Tulsa

Mission

Ahha’s mission is to cultivate a more creative Tulsa through advocacy, education, and innovative partnerships, which contribute to the quality of life and economic vitality of the greater community.

An integral part

Our Vision

Ahha envisions a culturally aware city where the lives of all citizens are enriched by access to and participation in a diverse spectrum of arts and humanities experiences in education, the workplace, neighborhoods and the city at large.

We will be an integral part of this vision for Tulsa by:

  • Advocating for arts and humanities education at all levels through partnerships and programs.
  • Taking a lead role in fostering cooperation among Tulsa arts and humanities organizations for the benefit of all.
  • Maintaining state of the art facilities that benefit the artists, arts organizations and the greater community and further our mission.
  • Developing innovative programs and exhibits that bring the arts to the public.
  • Operating a financially sound, efficient nonprofit with innovative internal procedures, highly professional staff, an engaged board of directors and unmistakable passion for the mission.
Founded in 1961

Our History

Originally the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, ahha was founded in 1961 to bring arts to the community through innovative programming and to facilitate collaboration amongst the various arts organizations in Tulsa. In 1969, ahha opened its offices in the historic Harwelden Mansion at 2210 South Main along Riverside Drive. Over the years, ahha expanded its partnerships to work collaboratively with eight area school districts, a local health care system, state and regional government agencies, and over 100 member arts and humanities organizations.

In 2012, ahha opened the Hardesty Center in the Tulsa Arts District. The center houses offices, galleries, and classrooms as well as a darkroom, printmaking suite, and artist studios. The center allows ahha to reach the public with programs like First Friday art crawls, Classes & Workshops, and Open Studio Hours. Ahha continues to offer flagship outreach programs including Artists in the Schools, Community Arts Partnerships, and Any Given Child-Tulsa. We also serve artists by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment, exhibition opportunities, and professional development. Last year ahha’s programs reached over 130,000 school children, youth, and adults in the greater Tulsa area.

Federal and state funding for the arts has decreased significantly in recent years, but the need is ever present for high-quality arts programming for children, youth, and adults. Arts and cultural programming are often the first to be cut from school budgets, leading to inequity in arts education access for students. Our programs meet this need, and we partner with other organizations to ensure that everyone in the greater Tulsa area, regardless of socioeconomic status, has access to the arts.

More recently, our mission has compelled us to embark upon exciting new creative initiatives. New program models encourage exploration, learning, and creative problem solving among all visitors as well as provide new opportunities for artists. Creativity isn’t limited to the fine arts, and it’s what drives us forward as an organization.