This Saturday Tallgrass Art Gallery will host the Oklahoma Agri-Women for their tour of the Tallgrass area. They will be visiting Liberty Ranch, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and downtown Pawhuska, with dinner in the gallery.
The arts encourage tourism. Visitors enjoy going places that expose them to art, diverse cultures and fine crafts. Towns that focus on these types of visitors also draw other businesses. 'Arts Communities' like Santa Re, Fredericksburg TX and Red River have shown the possibilities for small towns to embrace the arts as an economic base that encourages tourists.
For the town of Pawhuska, besides the large amount of public art, the Osage Tribal Museum, the Constantine Theater and Tallgrass Gallery, there is the beauty of the landscape itself that demands the visitors attention.
For small communities with a rich history in the arts the possibilities are endless. This weekend we will welcome Oklahoma Agri-Women to Pawhuska to enjoy the ranches, Tallgrass Prairie and the arts. It's the beginning of a shift in our economy to a broader base. Support tourism, the arts and the Osage, encourage your friends and relatives to visit and enjoy what we are and watch for what we will become.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery