During our first two months, the Woody Guthrie Center has seen a huge number of people come through our doors as they learn more about Woody, his travels, and the way he reflected his world in his creative works. We also hope that his example has ignited the creative spirit in others so that they leave the Center with the inspiration to write, draw, paint, or use whatever talents they might have to express their experiences. Also, we’ve seen the generosity of Oklahomans who came to our First Friday in June and contributed to our tornado relief efforts–the spirit of Woody Guthrie is truly alive and well in our community!
We’re often asked what demographic of people is most drawn to our exhibits, and the honest answer to that question is that there isn’t one. The variety of our exhibits are such that there is something for all ages to enjoy. The older generation is often drawn to the Dust Bowl exhibit or the biography panels of Woody’s World, while their adult children enjoy the photos in our temporary exhibit or the instruments and artifacts in our display cases. Children line up to listen to Woody sing 46 of his own songs at our Music Bar, and children of all ages love the interactive stations located around the Center. There is something in the Woody Guthrie Center for kids of all ages.
As we enter the month of Woody’s 101st, birthday, please remember Woody’s advice:
“Watch the kids. Do like they do. Act like they act. Yell like they yell. Dance the ways you see them dance. Sing like they sing.Work and rest the way the kids do.
You’ll be healthier. You’ll feel wealthier. You’ll talk wiser. You’ll go higher, do better, and live longer here amongst us if you’ll just only jump in here and swim around in these songs and do like the kids do.
I don’t want the kids to be grownup. I want to see the grown folks be kids.” ~W.G.
Executive Director, Woody Guthrie Center