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BOK to donate land for Oklahoma pop culture museum

Donation contingent on $40 million bond issue

Stephen Carradini May 11th, 2011

If the correct pieces fall into place, Oklahoma will have a museum of Okie-related pop culture up and running in Tulsa by 2015.


One of the biggest question marks was replaced with a period yesterday when Bank of Oklahoma announced that it intends to donate land in that city’s Brady District to the Oklahoma Historical Society for the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Music and Pop Culture, or OK Pop.

“It’s a culture in our community to give back,” said Mark Funke, BOK-OKC president. “We saw the need for it not only for Tulsa, but for Oklahoma. This makes sense for us to do.”

A $40 million bond issue is being requested from the state of Oklahoma for the 67,000-square-foot proposed museum. The donation of the land is contingent on the bond’s passing.

The museum will document how being from Oklahoma has affected the many artists that the state has launched. It is not designed as a hall of fame, although organizers hope that it will be an attraction on par with Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

With an accompanying parking garage to help financially sustain the project, OK Pop is already in possession of materials from Bob Wills and Kristin Chenoweth, among others, and organizers have interviewed artists nationwide for video footage to be displayed. Potential subjects for exhibits range from “The Outsiders” author S.E. Hinton and novelist  N. Scott Momaday to ’ 70s punk band Debris and The Flaming Lips.

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