Tri-City Collective, in partnership with Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Woody Guthrie Center, will present Real Talk: Love Saves the Day, an in-person and virtual discussion. This free event, which is open to the public, will be held June 24, 2023 from 2 p.m- 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Guthrie Center. It will feature a 60-minute panel discussion followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience.
Woody Guthrie Center’s exhibit, “Love Saves the Day: The Subterranean History of American Disco,” explores how the oft-maligned disco genre became a groundbreaking and joyous social movement. Venues like The Loft, the Gallery, and others provided consistent and safe environments for their participants to explore new music, consciously crafting spaces that foregrounded dance, community and experimental sounds. The DJs fostered in the scene became the purveyors of the new sound, a music that was definitively more Black, more Latin and more gay.
Daniel McHenry, founder of Black Queer Tulsa will be speaking with legendary DJ Nicky Siano, who has been spinning records for more than 50 years. Siano co-owned the Gallery at age 17, launching the careers of Grace Jones, D.C. La Rue, Loleatta Holloway, Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, to name a few. He was one of the original DJs at Studio 54, and continues to tour, DJing sold out shows worldwide. Black Queer Tulsa’s mission is to normalize the Black queer experience in Tulsa by organizing community events that promote inclusion, awareness, safe spaces, and a strong community. “Loves Saves the Day” will be on view at the Woody Guthrie Center from June 15 through Oct. 8.
About Real Talk
Real Talk is a series of curated live conversations on issues and topics of critical import to marginalized communities, including, but not limited to:
- People of Color
- Economically Disadvantaged Citizens.
Providing a voice and platform for often voiceless people is at the heart of the series.
About Tri-City Collective
Real Talk is a project of Tri-City Collective. Tri-City Collective, Inc. was founded in 2016 by seasoned educators with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and providing learning & artistic opportunities outside the classroom for youth and adults.
The Collective’s work is driven by a passion for social justice and creative expression, with the understanding that every human has thoughts worth listening to and should have access to platforms to be heard. Tri-City Collective engages in the “idea business.”
Education, understanding, and respect are at the core of Tri-City Collective projects. And the Collective’s diverse membership reflects the world we want to create. To learn more visit TriCityCollective.com