The Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) has struggled with funding issues since plans for the museum were announced in 2013. Brooks made it clear he supports the museum, and he also, according to a press release from the Oklahoma Historical Society, sat down for a lengthy interview to help promote the project and even called Governor Fallin to express his support.
Bob Blackburn, executive director of OHS, said the society will continue to collect artifacts and memorabilia and press on with efforts to raise private funds while preparing for the next legislative session. He is concerned, however, that if delays continue, support will lag, yet he is heartened by Brooks’ show of support.
In a press release, Blackburn stated $7 million has already been pledged and OHS is confident it can raise an additional $15 million for the museum’s collection.
“We are truly at the crossroads of creativity; it’s in our blood,” Brooks said in an interview with OHS. “Now it’s time the entire world was told.”
His personal contribution to the museum collection includes his outfit from his first television appearance, when he appeared on Hee Haw in 1992.
The proposed museum would encompass 750,000 square feet and four floors and include hundreds of contributions from state musicians, writers and performers to preserve the state’s artistic legacy.