Just a year ago, in the spring of 2021, a wide swath of national media turned its attention to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the city commemorated the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. This acknowledgment of the tragic past of the city was slow to come and was only the beginning of an ongoing journey towards real and lasting reconciliation. Through initiatives such as Black Tech Street and Build in Tulsa, the city is welcoming and nurturing a new generation of black entrepreneurs, hoping to recapture the spirit that gave birth to Black Wall Street more than a century ago. a century.
To quell the flight of creatives and young professionals for decades to other urban centers, Project Tulsa Remote was launched in 2018 and brought more than 1,600 workers to northeast Oklahoma. Their timing was impeccable. If 2021 was a much-needed look at a sobering past, 2022 is about the future and hope. And the catalyst for much of that momentum is the May 10 opening of the Bob Dylan Center (BDC) in Tulsa’s downtown arts district.
Some may find it confusing why 80-year-old Dylan chose a town about 860 miles south of his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, as his location. “There’s more vibes on the ribs, that’s for sure,” Dylan explained in an interview with vanity lounge. “But I’m from Minnesota and I love the laid-back buzz of the heartland.” Additionally, BDC will exhibit items from the Dylan Archive, which was acquired in 2016 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa for approximately $20 million. (The Kaiser Foundation later bought out the university.) If nothing else, the space, which was designed by AD100 company Olson Kundig, will show how a Midwest with a guitar traveled the world changing the world. culture with its music. It will show how an outcast won the Nobel Prize for Literature. It will show how anything is possible in America.