Ahha Tulsa (formerly the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa) was founded in 1961 and was one of the first local arts councils in the nation. The purpose at founding was to support and grow the arts and culture sector in Tulsa. Many prominent Tulsans, who shaped the city’s growth in the early years, invested in arts organizations, facilities and collections, including the Tulsa Ballet, Gilcrease Museum and Philbrook Museum of Art. It was the vision of the original founders to maintain and grow these institutions, and to support the development of new organizations, by acting as the connector and clearinghouse. Ahha brought arts organizations, artists, businesses and government agencies together for this common purpose. In 2012, ahha Tulsa took the next bold step in supporting and growing the arts in Tulsa, opening the ahha Hardesty Center in the Tulsa Arts District.
Today, ahha continues the long tradition of supporting the arts and culture sector in Tulsa. We serve over 130,000 individuals annually in classrooms, community settings and at the ahha Hardesty Center. Our mission is to cultivate creativity in Tulsa through advocacy, education and innovative partnerships. At ahha, we work everyday toward our long-term vision of access to the arts for every Tulsan, in their classrooms, workplaces and neighborhoods.