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Public piano installed in Kendall Whittier

Whittier Square at Admiral and Lewis is a bit brighter and much more musical this summer as it is the recipient of one of 12 artistically-designed pianos located in outdoor public spaces throughout Tulsa.

“Play Me, Tulsa!” was created by Saied Music Company to provide a service to the community, encourage the arts and partner with local schools.

“We believe that art and music have the transformative power to unite, encourage and inspire. Our goal is to provide a fun and impactful way to foster community engagement in both art and music,” said Kim Koch, Saied music school director.

Kendall Whittier’s is located at Whittier Square on the sidewalk under the clock on the southeast corner of Admiral and Lewis. It will be available for visitors to play and enjoy until late July.

The piano, created by students at McClure Elementary School, features hundreds of handprints in various colors. Each handprint represents a “student’s pledge to support the arts by creating, learning and listening to others’ ideas about the arts.”

“As a Certified Cultural District, we love anything that brings public art – visual or musical – to the neighborhood,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “This partnership with Saied Music Company for ‘Play Me, Tulsa!’ is a wonderful opportunity to make music accessible to everyone and support art in local schools.”

Twelve public school art departments were invited to design and paint an upright piano. The pianos were debuted and played at Mayfest 2019. Anchor Paint provided all the paint needed for each painted piano. Other locations include Gathering Place, AHHA, Jenks Riverwalk, Josh’s Sno Shack, Plaza Santa Cecilia, Brookside Collective, the Rose District, Cherry Street, Lacy Park, Boys & Girls Club of America and H.A. Chapman Centennial Green.

“From the skilled pianist to the child who has never touched a piano key, we believe that all people in our community will enjoy and benefit from playing ‘Play Me, Tulsa!’ pianos,” Koch said.

For more information or to follow the 12 pianos throughout the project, visit playmentulsa.com or follow the hashtag #PlayMeTulsa.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Oklahoma Arts Council Certified Cultural District.

Locations selected for Kendall Whittier Walls

The chosen artists for each wall will be painting during the month of May.

Kendall Whittier Walls, presented by Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, is a collaboration aiming to create vibrant places, attractive destinations, and civic pride through public art in Kendall Whittier. The program is in the process of funding the creation of five murals throughout the Kendall Whittier neighborhood through a competitive grant process. Monday morning, the initiative took another step forward as the program announced the wall locations and assigned artist to each location. The artists were selected during a pre-qualified selection process in March. The wall locations and corresponding artists are as follows:

  • Ziegler Wall (6 N. Lewis Ave.) – John Hammer of Claremore, OK – www.thehammerstudio.com
  • Selfie Wall (2411 E. Admiral Blvd.) – Ghazal Ghazi (ZYNB) of Tulsa, OK – @ZYNB.Graffiti
  • Bearden Wall (2424 E. 11th St.) – Brady Scott of Hutchinson, KS – @bradycreative | www.bscottart.com
  • ABCO Wall (2033 E. 11th St.) – Brady Scott of Hutchinson, KS – @bradycreative | www.bscottart.com
  • Route 66 Wall (1906 E 11th St.) – Phil Shafer (Sike Style) of Kansas City, MO – www.sikestyle.com
All projects are expected to be completed by the end of May. Tourists and residents alike are encouraged to drive past the above locations throughout month to view the progress of the murals.

About Kendall Whittier Main Street
Kendall Whittier Main Street was founded in 2010 to promote and restore Kendall Whittier as a thriving, walkable and welcoming community for living and working. KWMS is one of 32 Main Street programs in the state of Oklahoma and among the approximately 1,000 programs nationwide accredited by the National Main Street Center.

About Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
Founded in 1997 by Bill Lobeck and Kathy Taylor, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) has grown into a second generation investment in making Tulsa an innovative, collaborative and thriving city. Under the leadership of CEO Elizabeth Frame Ellison, LTFF aims to decrease the barriers associated with Tulsans achieving their goals. LTFF supports the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems in Tulsa through its owned-and-operated programs including Kitchen 66, Kiva Tulsa, Mother Road Market and Tulsa StartUp Series, as well as through grants to organizations including 36 Degrees North, Tulsa Area United Way Social Innovation Grants, SCORE, Sustainable Tulsa, T-Town Tacos and many more. For more information about LTFF, visit www.lobecktaylor.com.

Kendall Whittier Art Festival returns to Certified Cultural District

Back and better than ever, the Kendall Whittier Art Festival showcases local artists and musicians while hosting food trucks and a free Kids Zone all along Admiral Boulevard on April 11-13.

The festivities kick off with the second Thursday Art Walk in Kendall Whittier on April 11. The Art Walk is a monthly event where businesses in Whittier Square stay open late and host local artists, art displays and sponsor other activities.

Then on Friday evening and all day on Saturday, artists take over for a two-day street festival. The festival runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday along Admiral Boulevard near Lewis Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The Kendall Whittier Art Festival is made possible by presenting sponsor Fowler Automotive.

Nearly 50 local artists will be in attendance, displaying and selling their work in booths along the street and inside businesses in a pop up shop. Vendors bring a wide range of wares, from paintings and pottery to body care and jewelry to leather and paper goods

The stage in the Whittier Square Parking Lot will feature musicians in free street concerts. Musicians include Jared Tyler, Steve Liddell, Nightingale, Adrienne Gilley, Desi and Cody, Chloe Johns, Damion Shade, Eric Himan and headliner Casii Stephan and the Midnight Sun. For a full schedule, go to visitKendallWhittier.com.

A free kids zone includes bounce houses and children’s art activities – all at no charge for Art Festival attendees. The Kids Zone will be located in the parking lot.

Food trucks will line the streets of the festival as well, offering a variety of tasting creations.

In addition to the Art Festival, businesses in the Square are hosting events and activities as well.

On Thursday night’s Art Walk, the Tulsa Girls Art School, 2202 E. Admiral Blvd., is opening the 2019 Spring Art Show: The Faces of Tulsa Girls Art School from 5:30-8 p.m.

That same night, Circle Cinema, 8 S. Lewis Ave., is opening the J.J. Cale photo exhibit, which will run in the gallery through May 5. The event itself will run from 6-8 p.m. and includes photography from OKPOP’s archive, a J.J. Cale music set and cash bar.

Also during the Art Walk, Flash Flood Print Studios at 2421 E. Admiral Blvd., will be releasing its first print in the 2019 Print Series. The print is by West of Death and is a two-color screen print in an edition of 25, signed by the artist.

On the other end of the street at Heirloom Rustic Ales, 2113 E. Admiral Blvd., will host Think & Drink: Clean Energy – What’s New Since February from 6-30-8 p.m. April 11 along with STEMcell Science Shop, which is located at 2415 E. Admiral Blvd.

On Saturday, Flash Flood will host its Third Annual Open House and Print Sale, which is the only chance each year for the general public to buy from the archive of prints. Additionally, artwork, shirts and screen-printed cards will be available.

Also Saturday, 473 – a new patio bar at 2224 E. Admiral Blvd. – is hosting its grand opening party.

During the festival, Admiral Boulevard will be closed from Lewis west to Zunis Avenue and east to about halfway to Atlanta Avenue. The intersection of Lewis and Admiral will remain open. Admiral Boulevard will be reopened by midnight following the festival.

This isn’t the first Art Festival to be held in Kendall Whittier. In 2015, Kendall Whittier Main Street launched an inaugural one-day art festival. After a three-year hiatus, the organization is bringing it back with a larger, two-day festival. The Art Festival is replacing the spring Food Truck Festival.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Certified Cultural District.

For more information about the Kendall Whittier Art Festival or Kendall Whittier Main Street, call Jessica Jackson at 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.