Charles Kuhn, One More Birthday, 1936; 16 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches, ink on paper; Courtesy of University of Central Oklahoma Galleries and Collections

The Museum Broken Arrow

The Museum Broken Arrow is located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, near its historic train depot. Its mission is “to gather and preserve local and regional history and artifacts that enrich the heritage of our city.” This year, they came to us to book their first ExhibitsUSA exhibition—Lines With Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons. Lines With Power and Purpose features fifty-one original editorial cartoons from the nation’s great metropolitan newspapers during the Golden Age of print journalism. Included in the mix are six Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonists, each demonstrating the theme of political commentary through editorial illustrations and addressing issues from the first half of the twentieth century.

Contracts were signed in fall 2017, and from there, our amazing Constituent Services team provided all the tools that Museum Broken Arrow would need to host this cultural experience in their community. All venues are given a rich body of information that spans from a Registrar’s Packet detailing hanging and handling instructions, detailed condition reports, and museum-quality checklists; a Press Packet with press release and marketing images; and a Programming Guide, a wealth of historical information, lesson plans, speaker ideas, and more compiled by M-AAA’s Education Curator.

In mid-March, the exhibition was shipped to Oklahoma. Nearly four hundred people visited during the exhibition’s five-week showing. (Broken Arrow has a population of 107,403). Lori Lewis, Executive Director, gave us the following feedback:

“Mid-America Arts Alliance allows smaller museums to bring in exhibitions that they would never be able to curate or arrange themselves. We were able to bring a new and different audience in to our museum. While our museum focuses mostly on local history, this exhibit allowed a more regional audience to enjoy the exhibition.”

Images, from left: Charles Kuhn, One More Birthday, 1936; 16 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches, ink on paper; Courtesy of University of Central Oklahoma Galleries and Collections; artist known as “Army,” Organized Crime—Oklahoma City, 1940; 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches, ink on paper; Courtesy of University of Central Oklahoma Galleries and Collections; Crates are delivered to the Museum Broken Arrow, image courtesy of the Museum; Installation image at Museum Broken Arrow, image courtesy of the Museum.

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