The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa celebrated the topping out of the Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 with donors and artists at the corner of Boston & Archer in downtown Tulsa.
Shining like a jewel in the crown of Tulsa’s blossoming arts district, the extraordinary architecture of the Hardesty Arts Center rises from the pavement. The final steel beam was placed atop the four-story, 42,000 sq ft Hardesty Arts Center (affectionately known as AHHA). Before being hoisted in place by a crane, the beam was embellished by signatures, words of inspiration, and hand paintings by major donors and artists who have helped make AHHA a reality.
Guest speakers include Victoria Bartlett, First Lady of Tulsa, Robin Ballenger, Chairman of Flintco Constructive Solutions, Ken Busby, Executive Director & CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and Kathy McRuiz, Director of the Hardesty Arts Center. Cookies and lemonade will be enjoyed as attendees put their mark on the final beam to be placed atop AHHA.
Designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, AHHA was created to be a home for programs where participating youth and adults can use classrooms and galleries to further develop skills and creative expression. Flintco LLC is Construction Manager for the project. Visual artists will be the foundation for programs at the Hardesty Arts Center that will reach youth and adults who do not have access to the arts.
The total project cost is $18.3 million and includes construction, equipment and program funds. Opening in December 2012, AHHA will be an arts hub for every person in Tulsa; a central place where creativity and dreams thrive; and a place where persons of any race, class or culture are welcome to express themselves.
Live construction footage and time lapse can be seen at ahhatulsa.com
Learn more about AHHA at ahct.org/about/vac.cfm