Built by the City of Tulsa and funded by the people of Tulsa, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center opened its doors in March 1977 as the City’s new municipal theatre. The first concert took place on March 19, 1977, featuring the Tulsa Philharmonic and jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.
The building itself occupies half a city block in Tulsa's historic downtown and is the design of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the former World Trade Center towers. Housing four theatres, a studio space and a large reception hall, the TPAC has long played host to Broadway tours, nationally recognized artists, local talent and city functions.
For the first four decades of its existence, the TPAC was owned and operated by the City of Tulsa. In 2019, operations were separated from the City and placed in the hands of the Tulsa Performing Arts Trust. The Trust has breathed new life into the TPAC, setting new goals and envisioning a broader future.
Now, with the ability to fundraise, the Trust is building its own programming and initiatives and planning for badly needed building renovations. Through its many outreach programs, like the Orbit Initiative and Any Given Child, the Trust is more capable of reaching parts of our community it has never before been able to reach and ensure everyone has access to the arts.