We believe that cultivating a fertile arts and culture landscape strengthens the soul and character of communities.
It can also empower individuals to participate more fully in learning and to embrace the importance of community service. We invest in arts and culture as a complement to our work on some of the most difficult social challenges facing Israel and our hometown of Tulsa, OK.
In Israel, we launched the Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC), with a firm belief that a vibrant cultural landscape could play a role in restoring Jerusalem as a modern, open capital and providing a gateway for greater connection with Israel.
We have also been long-time supporters of the Israel Museum—one of the world’s leading museums, as well as Israel's and the Jewish people's most significant cultural institutions. Finally, we help Israeli artists expand their presence, both in Israel and on the world stage, through efforts that include placing Israeli artists in residencies at universities and cultural institutions throughout North America.
In Oklahoma, exposing children to the arts has long been a part of our education agenda. Over the years, we have supported a wide range of programs through which cultural institutions in Tulsa share their passion and talent with young people. More recently, we helped to bring the Kennedy Center’s nationally renowned Any Given Child program to Tulsa to create an affordable long-range arts education plan for students.
Enabling citizens and visitors alike to experience a vibrant cultural landscape can help change perceptions of and strengthen investment in the future of a city. We are proud to support the efforts of our partners to expose more people to the beauty and majesty of arts and culture in their own backyard.