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the Team

—  The Greenwood Art Project is a Public Art Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The initiative will be under the direction of Lead Artist Rick Lowe. 

 
 

GREENWOOD ART PROJECT


FILLING THE GAP

The goal in the Greenwood Art Project is to unite artists, community, and business in a way that brings awareness of Greenwood’s history, including the 1921 Race Massacre, and the once thriving Black Wall Street.

The Greenwood Art Project also strives to help draw focus to rebuilding the once economically sound community that Greenwood represents. This work will be done by way of multiple "discrete art" projects throughout the city. The goal of filling the gap between multiple communities, ethnicities, cultures, artists, and socioeconomic classes to become ONE TULSA.

The Greenwood Art Project strives to create art to activate the community towards healing from our history, rebuilding, and re-cultivating in the most beautiful and authentic way, Greenwood Avenue.

 
 

 
 

TRANSFORMING URBAN SPACES WITH DYNAMIC PUBLIC ART

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to collaborate with artists to develop innovative public art projects that address critical issues in their communities.

In February 2018, U.S. mayors of cities with 30,000 residents or more were invited to apply for the 2018 Public Art Challenge to receive up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address an important civic issue.

After announcing 14 finalists, five cities were selected as winners of the 2018 Public Art Challenge: Anchorage, Alaska; Camden, New Jersey; Coral Springs, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The foundation’s first Public Art Challenge, announced in the fall of 2014, supported creative projects in four cities: Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC; and a collaborative team from Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY. The inaugural Public Art Challenge generated significant activity across four regions, including catalyzing $13 million for local economies, 10 million views, 245 partnerships, and 490 public programs.

 

 
 

Unique among todayʼs leading philanthropists, Mike Bloomberg has run both a multi-billion-dollar company — Bloomberg LP, a technology company he founded in 1981 — and one of the worldʼs largest cities. His entrepreneurial spirit, public-policy experience, and belief in the power of cities to drive solutions to pressing global problems define Bloomberg Philanthropiesʼ approach to making the world a better place.

Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture. These five areas encompass the issues Mike Bloomberg and his team are most passionate about, and where they believe the greatest good can be achieved. While Bloomberg Philanthropies works on a wide range of issues within each focus area, they apply a distinctive approach to all of our undertakings.

 

 
 

Leadership Team

 
RickLowe

Rick Lowe

LEAD ARTIST


 
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Jerica Wortham

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jerica D. Wortham is a Tulsa, OK native. She is a best selling author and award winning spoken word artist. She has been writing and performing her poetry since a very young age.

In May 2012, Jerica founded  J’Parlé LLC, and started J’Parlé Literary Magazine. This endeavor gathered artists from all around the world, and provided a platform to those that were in some instances more comfortable with the pen than the mic...the mission: to give every voice a chance to be heard. In 2013 she was presented with the opportunity to host her very first live show; and J PARLE' Live was born!  An author, business coach, humanitarian and philanthropist, in October 2014 she founded the J’Parlé Scholarship fund where she was able to award local students and adults with funding to continue or pursue their education.

When she is not working, or teaching inmates with the Department of Corrections, she enjoys spending time with her husband Webster, and their two sons Solomon and Jonah.

Contact Jerica - j.wortham@tulsa2021.org


 
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Ashley Philippsen

DEPUTY CHIEF OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & POLICY, CITY OF TULSA

Ashley's focus at the City of Tulsa is to ensure people-centered community wealth building and driving efforts surrounding Historic Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Massacre. Current efforts include leading historical context work with the 1921 Graves Investigation, supporting the work of the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge: Greenwood Art Project, chairing a committee on the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, and leading master planning in north Tulsa. She previously served as Executive Director of Met Cares, a nonprofit working to significantly transform north Tulsa student academic and social outcomes through cultivating excellent schools, launching initiatives to increase civic engagement and build socio-political power, and leading community-designed economic development efforts.

 

Ashley started her career as a 2007 Teach For America corps member in Houston at YES Prep Public Schools. She was a founding administrator at YES Prep Brays Oaks Campus in 2009. Ashley relocated to Tulsa in 2012 to serve as Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development with Teach For America - Oklahoma. In 2015, Ashley joined Leadership Tulsa to design and launch social innovation and adaptive leadership programs. 

 

Ashley has a BA in Letters from the University of Oklahoma,  a Master of Human Relations with an emphasis on Organizational Dynamics and Social Justice, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She serves on the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission and is the president-elect of the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association.