Cherokee Heritage Center receives support from Oklahoma Arts Council to showcase new cultural artists

May 2, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Heritage Center recently received $10,000 in grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council to support new cultural artists in its interactive exhibits for the 2019 tourism season.

“The addition of these artists to our staff will help us provide an engaging and interactive environment for visiting guests,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director for Cherokee Heritage Center. “These artists bring to life our history and traditions, and give visitors an immersive, firsthand look at who the Cherokee people were and who we are today.”

The Oklahoma Arts Council provides grants to eligible organizations for arts programs that take place in communities and schools. More than 40 percent of the agency's grant funding supports rural arts and arts education programming in areas like Park Hill.

“The support we receive from the Oklahoma Arts Council is truly remarkable,” Gourd said. “And we are just one of many organizations that benefit from their commitment to art education across the state.”

Over the past 20 years, Cherokee Heritage Center has received nearly 100 grants from OAC, totaling more than $300,000.

Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said, “The traditional arts presented at the Cherokee Heritage Center preserve vital links in the story of Oklahoma and its diverse people. Thousands of visitors will experience the demonstration of time-honored crafts carried down skillfully through generations of Cherokee artists. We are proud to support this work as it ensures these art forms remain relevant and valued today.”

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill.