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Actor Danny Glover to be featured at Arts Alliance event
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Actor Danny Glover to be featured at Arts Alliance event

The awardwinning actor and activist will appear May 21 in Tulsa.

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Arts Alliance Tulsa will bring its inaugural fundraising campaign to a close with a special event featuring actor and activist Danny Glover.

The “playyourpART Brunch” will be May 21 at the Hyatt Regency, 100 E. Second St. Table sponsorships begin at $2,500 for a table for 10.

The event will also honor the 39 member organizations that are part of Arts Alliance Tulsa and will pay special tribute to the volunteers who support these organizations.

Glover will be the keynote speaker at the brunch, where he will discuss “The Role of the Arts in Community Activism.”

Glover is perhaps best-known for his performances as Roger Murtaugh, a veteran police detective paired with the unpredictable Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson, in the “Lethal Weapon” action-comedy film series.

But Glover’s career has spanned a wide range of roles, including the Academy Award-winning “Places in the Heart,” “Witness,” “The Color Purple,” “Beloved,” “Dreamgirls,” “Manderlay” and “The Royal Tennebaums.”

His TV career has included major roles in the mini-series “Lonesome Dove” and “Queen,” guest appearances on shows ranging from “American Dad” to “Criminal Minds.”

Glover has been a staunch activist for a variety of political and social causes, with a particular emphasis on economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the U.S. and Africa. Currently, Glover serves as UNICEF ambassador.

Glover is also a strong advocate for using the arts to lead the way in community activism around the world.

Arts Alliance Tulsa, established last year, is a united arts fund organization, which provides operational funds to various local visual and performing arts organizations.

Donations to Arts Alliance Tulsa will be allocated to 39 local arts groups, ranging from Tulsa Ballet and the Woody Guthrie Center to the WaterWorks Art Studio and the bART Center for Music.

Arts Alliance Tulsa began its fundraising campaign Feb. 2 with a goal of $2 million.

Todd Cunningham, executive director of Arts Alliance Tulsa, said the organization has raised slightly less than $1 million so far in the campaign.

“We’ve been honored and pleased with the reception we’ve had from the community,” he said.

“We understand that, as a new organization, we have to prove ourselves but still it has been obvious from the start that people have faith in what we’re trying to do for the arts in Tulsa.”

For information on Arts Alliance Tulsa and the “playyourpART Brunch,” go to artstulsa.org.

James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478

james.watts@tulsaworld.com

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