GKFF, along with businesses, philanthropists and other organizations, is supporting the development of The Oklahoma Museum of Music and Popular Culture (OK Pop). This 67,000-square-foot museum, to be located in downtown Tulsa, will be dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and the influence of those artists on popular culture around the world. Stories featured in the museum will include Wild West Shows, movies, radio, television, illustration, literature and Route 66 – all connected to a sense of time and place through the language of music.
The OK Pop, which will be built and managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will attract thousands of state, national and international tourists. Hundreds of artists have offered their support and collections, ranging from the families of Bob Wills and Chester Gould to Roy Clark and Kristin Chenoweth.
Bank of Oklahoma (BOk) has pledged property just north of Union Depot to the Oklahoma Historical Society for the museum. The donation is contingent upon the authorization of a $40 million bond issue by the State Legislature and the construction of an adjourning parking garage by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The bond will be matched by an $8 million private fundraising campaign, which has already been launched with a $1 million challenge grant from GKFF.