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First Friday Open Studio Sessions

On the first Friday of every month, in collaboration with Tulsa Artist Fellowship, we open Quraysh (Q) Ali Lansana's studio to the public for in depth discussions on various topics of interest of the surrounding community.

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3 Years of First Friday

Come join the Tri-City Family to commemorate the past 3 years, with all of the community members that have helped make First Friday a success.

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Focus: Black Oklahoma Listening Session

Join us along with the Focus Black Oklahoma crew to hear some of the latest and greatest stories that have aired across our state! We will discuss current events, the importance of civic engagement in Oklahoma, and how we call all collectively help show the world how rooted our state is in diverse communities. Bring your ideas for future stories and learn how you can join the team too!

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Grief & Creativity: Coping with Loss Through Art

Losing a child or pregnancy can be unbearable. The weight of grief is crippling and often times when that loss is due to miscarriage, that burden is carried alone. Tri-City Collective acknowledges the month of pregnancy & infancy loss at this October’s First Friday. A panel of those that have suffered this kind of loss will be discussing how using art and creativity as a way to cope, pulled them through these unexpected chapters of life.

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Clara Luper: Behold the Walls

Tri-City Collective hosts an open studio centered on the non-violent, radical love practiced by Clara Luper to desegregate Oklahoma. This oratorical presentation, curated by Jazzy Bivar-Tobie is largely from the pages "Behold the Walls", is in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Oklahoma Sit-Ins.

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Casa de la Cultura Tulsa

Casa de la Cultura is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of the Latin/Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Every week, they introduce young budding artists to the great world of art using oil pastels, clay, paper and paint. Join us for a very special showcase of this next generation of artists for their first exhibit and learn more about the heart and mission behind Casa de la Cultura.

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Poetry is Medicine

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we welcome Timothy Bradford and Grant Jenkins to Studio 210 to share their work and discuss the current state of poetry, globally and nationally.

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Black women writers and
how they shape us

We are kicking off Women's history month with a deep dive into how Black Women writers have touched us all.

Join Tulsa Artist Fellow Arts Integration Grant Awardee Quraysh Ali Lansana, author Nuova Wright, and author Alana Mbanza as they discuss how the personal influence from Black women writers have shaped the way they think, see, feel, and approach their own work.

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What is healthy love in the black community?

Join Tulsa Artist Fellow Arts Integration Grant Awardee Quraysh Ali Lansana, Written Quincey, Kuma Roberts, and Amairani Perez as we discuss the depths of healthy love in all of our community circles. What does Black Love look like in our current time-line? What about BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and nuclear love? What positive influences are out there? Where do you draw inspiration? Is different Love different? Join us as we share poems, prose, and other forms of art that shape us.

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Exclusive Preview:
Far East Deep South

Tri-City Collective is proud to host the exclusive preview of the documentary "Far East Deep South." Tulsa Global Alliance will be joining us and leading the discussion of how immigrants have shaped our country and local community. On November 18th, we are bringing the full feature to AHHA! Stay tuned for further details.

 

When Charles Chiu, a Chinese-American man from California, travels to Mississippi to visit the grave of his father who abandoned him as a baby, he and his family stumble upon surprising revelations. With the help of local residents and historians, the family learns about the racially complex history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South during the Chinese Exclusion era. Their emotional journey leads them to discover how deep their roots run in America.

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Tulsa Folklore &
Horror

This first Friday series will include folklore stories of Tulsa's history. We'll also celebrate this spooky month with scary poems and horror-filled dramatic stories

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Art Class Matters

Art, in its many forms, adds a richness to all our lives. Join Tri-City collective and our special guests, Ebony Easiley and Sterling Matthews with Art4orms and local artist/art educator Eddye k. Allen, as we discuss how integral the arts are in all our lives, but especially in young lives.

Greenwood Stories

Tri-City Collective is proud to launch “Greenwood Stories” a new YouTube series of interviews with elders in the North Tulsa community, sharing stories that today are in danger of being ignored or forgotten. We are premiering our first video featuring local poet and community advocate, Deborah J. Hunter. For this special event, we are inviting a panel of speakers: Rev. Gerald Davis, Therese Aduni, and Vanessa Adams-Harris. The panel will speak about the importance of remembering the Greenwood of the 1940s-1960s, and the hidden memories of a community.

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All about love:
a tribute to bell hooks

Join Tulsa Artist Fellow Arts Integration Grant Awardee and author Quraysh Ali Lansana, along with other local writers and activists, to celebrate the life and work of noted author, poet, and cultural critic bell hooks. hooks, born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was best known for her incisive, searing writings on race, feminism, and class. hooks died last December. Her legacy has been soul food for human rights in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Our Magnatude and Bond:
Gwendolyn Brooks at 105

Join Tulsa Artist Fellow Arts Integration Grant Awardee and Brooks scholar Quraysh Ali Lansana and other local poets and poetry lovers as we celebrate Miss Brooks’ 105th Birthday through reading and discussing several of her works. Miss Brooks, the first Black person to receive the Pulitzer Prize and one of the most significant poets of the 20th Century, was Lansana’s mentor and cultural grandmother for her final eleven-years of life. Lansana is her last protégé.

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