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After Five combines music, art and activity

A sea of pavement is turned into a park, music fills the air and people gather in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood “after five” one evening a month during Kendall Whittier After Five, coming up next on June 13.

“After Five brings the community together and gives people an opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood in the evening,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “The astroturf park just adds to the ambience.”

During After Five, many of the businesses stay open late with art exhibits, activities or specials. After Five is the second Thursday of the month from May through October and ties in with the AKWA Art Walk, which takes place on the second Thursday all year round.

The event kicks off with free yoga in the Whittier Square parking lot, which is covered in astroturf especially for the event, at 5:30 p.m. Rachel Moss takes attendees through the one-hour restorative yoga routine that’s perfect for all fitness levels.

A Kendall Whittier Walls Mural Mini Tour will commence at 6:30 p.m. following yoga. This free mini tour explores the Walls project and the five newly completed murals in the Kendall Whittier district. Guests will get to visit three right there in the Square area and hear from two of the artists directly.

The tour is free and open to the public. Posters displaying all five murals will be available for viewing throughout After Five.

Kendall Whittier After Five finishes out the night with a live performance by Desi and Cody on stage from 7:30-9 p.m. The Tulsa duo combine folk-inspired bluegrass melodies with a rock based sound, creating one-of-a-kind music that leaves you wanting more.

A free Kids Zone features chalk art, drawing on a brand new vehicle, sports activities, hula hoops, bubbles and inflatable darts. Four-legged friends, secured on a leash, are welcome as well; water and treats will be provided.

For a break from warm weather, the Art Walk provides an opportunity to view one-of-a-kind art and visit various businesses. Some activities include but are not limited to:

“There’s a little something for everyone,” Jackson said. “We just want people to come out and see what Kendall Whittier is all about, visit the businesses and enjoy the evening with us.”

Kendall Whittier After Five is sponsored by Fowler Automotive and Williams Energy.

Join the conversation and get updates on Kendall Whittier After Five with the Facebook event!

After Five is the second Thursday of the month, featuring different art, activities and musical acts. Upcoming After Five events are July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10.

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 After Five or Kendall Whittier Main Street, call or text Jessica Jackson at 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.

Mercado features a unique, multi-cultural shopping experience

Whittier Square fills with diverse art and textiles, Latin music, vibrant colors and local flare 12 Saturdays a year for the open-art market dubbed Mercado.

Kendall Whittier Mercado, a twice-a-month multi-cultural outdoor artisan market, provides authentic merchandise to customers and supports local entrepreneurs. To add even more fun, it kicks off each time with free Zumba.

In Whittier Square at the corner of Admiral and Lewis, Mercado runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from May through October. Free Zumba starts at 10 a.m. and runs about one hour.

“Mercado was started three years ago as a way to celebrate and highlight the Hispanic culture that makes our neighborhood so vibrant and the cultural diversity that makes our city so wonderful,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street, the event’s host.

While many vendors showcase wares from south of the border, past years have seen vendors selling African pottery, Native American jewelry, and arts and crafts from various cultures.

“It’s a unique shopping experience that truly crosses cultural boundaries,” Jackson said.

Free Zumba just offers one more experience to folks attending Mercado. Blanca Sandoval’s Zumba class is great for beginners and more experienced dancers alike. Participants can plan to join the whole time or just for a little bit.

Dates for 2019 are May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, September 7 and 21 and October 5 and 19. Mercado is sponsored by Fowler Automotive.

Vendor space for the remainder of the season is still available. Authentic expressions of art and craft spanning all cultures are welcome at Kendall Whittier Mercado. A vendor fee of $25 per week is due prior to setting up. Applications in both English and Spanish are available online here.

For more information about the Kendall Whittier Mercado, English speakers should call or text Jessica Jackson at 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com, and Spanish speakers should call or text Monica Poblete at 918-282-9867.

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.

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.