Column: Tulsa arts moving full STEAM ahead in creating new traditions and changing economic outcomes | Columnists

In Tulsa, there are plenty of opportunities for children and adults alike to engage in the arts. From STEAM activities every Saturday at the Gathering Place to Sunday afternoons at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

I have the privilege of serving as the general director and chief executive officer of the Tulsa Opera, and I have discovered the purpose of the arts, specifically music and opera, is to bring people together through storytelling, encouraging new perspectives and bringing value to the world around us.

In my work, we get to take classical masterpieces and integrate them into the contemporary world. These realities coincide perfectly to create beautiful new opportunities for individuals, communities and economies.

The magic of opera is what it does for the people and community who experience it.

For the second year in a row, families and community members can Play Ball at the Opera, this time with Puccini and Verdi. On Oct. 15, Tulsa Opera will perform at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, bringing two unlikely entertainment mediums and two unlikely groups of people together.

Through ONEOK Field and Tulsa Opera leadership, a new tradition has taken hold of Tulsa for one night every fall, selling out the seats and entertaining Green Country’s opera-goers, families and children. Play Ball at the Opera has the significant power to contribute to the already overwhelmingly positive impact of the arts in the Tulsa, Oklahoma and national communities.

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