Frequently Asked Questions
THE STUDIO is a space that invites visitors to think like artists through open-ended creative exploration and discovery. In THE STUDIO, visitors select their own materials from a wide array of possibilities, generate their own ideas, and execute their own unique creative products.
When you arrive in THE STUDIO, you will be greeted by an ahha Studio Ambassador (a trained facilitator) who will provide you with a quick introduction to the space. From there, you can explore creative challenges, engage with a variety of traditional and non-traditional art making materials, and try out new art making techniques. The creative possibilities in THE STUDIO are endless.
Creative challenges are open-ended prompts designed to spark imagination. They are often playful or contain unexpected juxtapositions. For example, “Design a zoo on Mars.”
Our mission at ahha is to cultivate a more creative Tulsa. Research has shown that using an open-ended approach to learning fosters a culture of creative thinking and problem solving. While fun and playful, creative challenges prompt participants to think creatively, build comfort with ambiguity, test new ideas, and represent thoughts in different ways – all building blocks of creativity. Additionally, research has shown that creativity is a skill that can be developed. The more creativity is practiced, the more creative a person becomes. THE STUDIO is an ideal space for people of all ages to built their creativity.
THE STUDIO is open and accessible during public hours and is included with regular admission.
Everyone is welcome in THE STUDIO! Creative exploration is fun and appropriate for all ages. Research has shown that open-ended play is essential in the development of creativity in both children and adults.
Yes! These core values are:
We value “figuring out” possibilities over “being told what to do.”
We embrace ambiguity as a given and see it as an opportunity to explore questions and ideas. We understand that ambiguity can be uncomfortable but that openly engaging in uncertain situations can result in important creative discoveries.
Imagination and Curiosity
We value imagination and curiosity as part of our culture. THE STUDIO was developed to allow visitors to investigate interests, ideas, and/or questions. Each encounter with the space is primarily driven by our visitors.
Reflection and Revision
We value “smart” risk taking as a necessary aspect of creative thinking. We encourage comfort with acknowledging failures and the fortitude to move past them. Challenges are valued as opportunities for growth.
Visitors engage in play with an intense focus, and we take seriously the resulting creative processes and products. Studio Ambassadors help guide visitors to pursue deep creative engagement.
We value experimenting with a variety of media when pursuing the manifestation of an idea. Visitors drive their own exploration of new media, seeking out facilitators for technical support.
We consistently use the language of idea generation and development, including conditional language and “what if…” to spark imagination and refine ideas. Visitors employ critical and creative thinking skills to evaluate, select, and execute their ideas.
Yes! We offer many party options that include space rental, private classes, and access to ahha exhibitions. Learn more on this page under the section header STUDIO Soirées.