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What is it?

OKPOP, to be located in downtown Tulsa, will be dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and the influence of those artists on popular culture around the world. Stories featured will include movies, radio, television, illustration, literature, theater, Wild West Shows and Route 66.

Who Will Build It?

OKPOP will be built and managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society, a statewide organization that opened the Smithsonian-affiliated Oklahoma History Center in 2005. To prepare for the project, the OHS has produced exhibits “Oklahoma @ the Movies,” “Rock and Roll,” “Jim Halsey: Starmaker,” “The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Cartoonists,” and “Pickin’ and Grinnin’: Roy Clark and the Legacy of Hee Haw.” Hundreds of artists have offered their support and collections, ranging from the family of Bob Wills to creatives such as Leon Russell, Ron Howard, Garth Brooks and Kristin Chenoweth.

Who Will Fund it?

The Oklahoma Historical Society will receive $25 million from the State of Oklahoma to build OKPOP and a parking garage.

Who Will Sustain It?

The Oklahoma Historical Society will not need a state appropriation to operate OKPOP. The business plan is based on generating more that $2 million per year through a stream of revenue from admissions, gift shop sales, special events, and a parking garage.

A project of the Oklahoma Historical Society
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