Artist INC Tulsa
M-AAA collaborates with the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa to present Artist INC Tulsa
About Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
Diverse education programs advance its mission to inspire creativity, foster appreciation, promote lifelong learning, enhance the quality of individual lives, and contribute economic vitality to the greater community. The Council partners with arts organizations, individual artists, patrons, school districts, educators, community groups, businesses and government. The Council seeks to nurture innovation, artistic quality and professional development; broaden public and private support of the arts; and introduce the arts and humanities to new audiences.
Artist INC Live Tulsa convened March 5–April 30, 2018.
Artist INC Tulsa is made possible with support from the Kathleen Patton Westby Foundation and Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
Ari Christopher makes original dance productions and site-specific work, teaches Modern Dance Techniques & Contact Improv, and provides k-12 teacher development in art infusion. She is the founding Executive Director of Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM). Her choreography has been commissioned by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Living Arts of Tulsa, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, among others. Ari was engaged in all arts disciplines from ballet to jazz violin until she found her place in the Modern Dance studio. She attended the BFA program in Modern Dance and Choreography at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, where she trained with Merle Holloman (Jose Limon Company), Lone Larsen (Martha Graham Co.), and Gerald Otte (Nikolais Dance Theatre). Ms. Christopher was the Associate Director of Project CREATES, as art infusion organization that delivered art infused curriculum and teacher professional developments in Tulsa area schools. She is an Oklahoma A+ Schools Fellow and teaching artist at Lincoln Center’s Any Given Child Tulsa.
Adrienne Dawes is an award-winning playwright and producer from Austin, TX. Her full length plays include: Denim Doves (2016), Am I White (2014, B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Script; David Mark Cohen New Play Award; Kilroys honorable mention), and You Are Pretty (2004, Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting). Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild and company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater. Adrienne is currently based in Tulsa, OK as part of the first writing cohort of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, supported by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Noam Faingold’s music has been described as “…lyrical…” and “…exhilarating…” by sources like the New York Times, The BBC, and Downbeat Magazine. Performance highlights include members of the NY Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and Alarm Will Sound, music festivals like Aspen, Bowdoin and OK Mozart, and podcasts like WQXR’s “Q2,” LSO Soundhub and Studio Tulsa. Commissions include TEDx, International Double Reed Society, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Sound Energy, and Pentatone records, among others. Noam Faingold’s music has been described as “…lyrical…” and “…exhilarating…” by sources like the New York Times, The BBC, and Downbeat Magazine. Performance highlights include members of the NY Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and Alarm Will Sound, music festivals like Aspen, Bowdoin and OK Mozart, and podcasts like WQXR’s “Q2,” LSO Soundhub and Studio Tulsa. Commissions include TEDx, International Double Reed Society, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Sound Energy, and Pentatone records, among others. Currently teaching at The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College, Faingold is also the Director of Barthelmes Conservatory’s pre-college program, TU’s summer Composition Seminar, the Burning City Orchestra, and the OK Electric Festival, also having been Artistic Director of London’s i = u festival. He currently holds a PhD and MM in composition from King’s College London and New York University respectively, funded by a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship.
Traditional with a twist, infusing passion into daily life & in the business of translating dreams into reality. With a good enough idea, Grace Grothaus believes anything is possible. Her paintings can be found locally at the MA Doran and JRB Galleries. She is a past Art365 grant winner and has exhibited at the World Creativity Biennale in Rio de Janeiro. Her art has been featured on the front page of yahoo.com, and covers of Art Focus magazine and This Land Press. She earned her degrees at the Kansas City Art Institute and also studied at the University of Oklahoma.
Laurie Thomas is a screenwriter and filmmaker of Jamaican-descent raised in Miami, New Orleans, and the San Francisco Bay area. Her work explores themes of racial and gender violence, home and displacement. As a filmmaker, her films have screened at several festivals including the Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival among others. Her commissioned documentary short, Black Girl Magic was nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award. Laurie has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Cine Qua Non Lab, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She is writing a feature script, and a collection of short stories. She received her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University.
Jave Yoshimoto has received his Bachelors of Art from University of California Santa Barbara in Studio Art, his Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing and Masters of Art in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Syracuse University. He is a recipient of the 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painter’s and Sculptor’s grant, which he used to travel overseas to research topics on humanitarian crisis. Yoshimoto has been an artist-in-residence in residencies across the U.S.. He has been featured in numerous publications such as Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, New American Paintings, and Guernica Magazine. He received a letter of recognition from the United Nations, and exhibited his works nationally and internationally. Yoshimoto had solo exhibitions in New York City, Tulsa, OK, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Lincoln, NE, Omaha, NE, Eureka, CA, Fort Worth, TX and Chicago, IL.
Holly Becker is excited about taking the helm of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa as its next Executive Director in July 2015 and has a personal passion for the arts. She is thrilled to take a leadership role in helping to grow the health and impact of the arts, humanities and culture in Tulsa using her nonprofit management and leadership skills.
After working for a decade in the telecom industry in Tulsa, Holly moved to the nonprofit sector with a position at Tulsa Zoo Friends, Inc. This is where Holly discovered a talent for nonprofit work and further developed her love of nature, arts and culture. In her ten years at the zoo, Holly has held several positions, including Guest Services Director and Vice President of Business Operations, overseeing marketing, information technology, finance, human resources, membership and government relations. She was on the leadership team when the zoo transitioned to a private management structure, helping to guide the new organization’s mission and vision to be a world-class institution. During her tenure at the zoo, Holly honed her skills in visionary leadership; finance and revenue generation; member, donor and community relations; and fundraising and advocacy.
Holly is active in supporting the Tulsa community. She participated in the North Tulsa Development Council (Class 6), and is currently participating in the Tulsa Area United Way’s neXtulsa program (Class 2). Holly serves as the Treasurer of the Eisenhower International School PTA Board and has volunteered for the TU Alumni Association’s “Uncorked” event committee for over ten years; in 2009, Holly was named a volunteer of the year by the University of Tulsa Alumni Association for her work on the event. Holly is also a volunteer with Reading Partners in Tulsa.
Holly Becker was born in Wichita, and raised in historic Fort Scott, Kansas. She moved to Tulsa, Okla., to attend the University of Tulsa and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Holly and her husband, Russ Becker, live in the woods near Gilcrease Museum. They have two children, Willow and Canyon, and a menagerie of animals.