First Friday Art Crawl

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Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Oriana A., a marketing and advertising major from Tulsa, Okla.

Since its founding in 1889, Tulsa has produced a rich history of art, music and culture. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the Brady Arts District, just a five minute drive from TU’s campus. Hosting historical music venues such as The Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theatre plus a slew of locally-owned bars, restaurants and galleries, there is never a dull weekend in this thriving area.

Being a Tulsa native, I have a lot of love for the Brady District. One of the activities I love most is the First Friday Art Crawl. Being in college, money can sometimes be a bit tight, and the Art Crawl is a perfect way to spend a Friday evening without breaking the bank! On the first Friday of every month, every gallery in the district opens their doors free of charge for patrons to come view work from local and regional artists. There are even vendors selling homemade jewelry and the glass blowing studio will give demonstrations on how they create some of their most intricate pieces.

Blog 1My friend Maggie and I went this month. We started our crawl at the Hardesty Arts Center and munched on free cupcakes while viewing paintings of the Grand Canyon. Maggie and I are both in the advertising program at TU, and therefore have to take a few art and graphic design classes. The TU art professors are very involved with the art scene in Tulsa and I ran into both my graphic design and drawing professor. My drawing professor was even showcasing his own work in a smaller gallery next to the chocolate shop (oh yeah, did I mention there is a chocolate shop?).

We continued on to one gallery after the next, each showcasing art of all kinds, as well as an impressive amount of free food. The weather was nice, and we listened to local musicians playing outside of restaurants as we worked our way through the district. We grabbed some falaffel from the popular falaffel stand on Main street, then preceded back to campus.

The art crawl may only happen once a month, but Tulsa has a myriad of other entertainment districts all with their own events, activities and festivals. Tulsa is a growing city full of local charm and entreprenurial spirit. I could write about all my wonderful experiences in the city, but unfortunatley that would turn this blog post into a novel. The best way to understand all Tulsa has to offer is to go out and experience it for yourself!

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