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Orbit Initiative

Arts at the Center of Your World

The Orbit Initiative is a program of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust, a nonprofit organization in Tulsa, OK, that offers a vibrant schedule of arts classes, seminars, and masterclasses at no charge to communities throughout Tulsa. Acknowledging that community is the bedrock for any successful endeavor, this process is driven by the community for the community, thereby working to improve the quality of life within the Tulsa community and revitalize our citizenship. During the process of instruction and education, the goal is that a greater understanding of community will be garnered and grown. Also, the opportunity to involve those from the community classes to participate in the creation of ambitious works of participatory large-scale theatre of, by, and for the people of Tulsa. Originally conceived by The Public Theater in New York, our program follows their framework and style, Public Works, all while adding and adapting for Tulsa’s needs and desires.

Each year, approximately 230,000 people come to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for performances, concerts, exhibits but there are several communities who have never had access to this building or the creation of art that happens inside. The Orbit Initiative is changing that.

The National Endowment of the Arts has proven that people who participate in the arts are more likely to excel academically, develop positive skills and behaviors, and be more civically engaged. While 75% of children from moderate- to high-income families in Tulsa are involved in the arts, only 10% of children from low-income families have that advantage. To benefit a more diverse representation of our city, The Tulsa PAC Trust established The Orbit Initiative. This program engages and educates 250-500 community members from our city’s unique population. Last year, 2880 people reserved tickets to the full-scale production at no charge in which 67% included low-income families. We invite members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances, and, most importantly, join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre and help bridge communities together, accentuating our similarities and diversity as motivation and strength as our city takes center stage. The Orbit Initiative is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. In essence, it is inviting the whole city to celebrate itself.


For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Stevens
Education & Development Coordinator
918.596.7119
jstevens@tulsapac.com

HOW IT WORKS

The Orbit Initiative invites a stunning diversity of people to participate in workshops and classes, to attend performances, and to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theatre.

CLASSES

In conjunction with 918 Day and Resilient Tulsa, communities participate in acting classes ranging from improv to spoken word, poetry to playwriting, and musical theatre to Shakespeare, as well as dance/movement classes, visual art classes and stage tech classes.

CONVERSATION

Together, we attend plays, discussions and social events to deepen our connections.

COLLABORATION

In June, we all come together to create a large-scale production that puts our city center stage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The following Community Partners will host classes for Orbit. You may contact them directly or fill out the enrollment form to the right.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-743-4297

Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-596-1020

Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences
1202 W Easton Street
Tulsa, OK 74127
918-828-7727

Ellen Ochoa Elementary
12000 E 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-357-4330

Hicks Park Community Center
3443 S Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
918-669-6355

LIFE Senior Services
East Side Senior Center
1427 S Indianapolis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112
918-744-6760

The Stone Church/Tulsa Artery
4225 W. 5th Street
Tulsa, OK 74127
918-947-9032

Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center
2021 E 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-495-1111

The Artisan
12654 E. 86th Place N.
Owasso, OK 74055
918-512-1479

ENROLLMENT FORMS

To enroll in a class, fill out the English form HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.

MORE INFO

Fill out the form below to get more information about the Orbit Initiative. Whether you're wanting to be a volunteer, sponsor or participant, we are excited to hear from you!

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