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New dance exhibition opens at Tulsa International Airport


Tulsa International Airport has celebrated the opening of a new ‘A History through Dance’ art exhibit by Megan Torres.

The exhibit features photography from Torres Fine Art, wardrobe pieces, and history information that highlights Tulsa’s Ballet Folklórico group, Tierra Mestiza.

Tierra Mestiza has been a part of the community of Tulsa since the late 1990s, became a non-profit organisation in the early 2000s, and is going on almost 25 years of spreading the culture of Latin America with dancers of all ages and audience members alike.

The wardrobe pieces that are displayed are 100% handmade locally by a Hispanic seamstress from Zacatecas, Mexico, while the hairpieces are created by the Director of Tierra Mestiza, Rafael Espitia-Jasso.

Tierra Mestiza has performed in over 100 locations throughout the state of Oklahoma including locally at OU, OSU, and University of Tulsa.

“Breath, endurance, passion, laughs, and family. These words are what come to mind when I think of Ballet Folklorico Tierra Mestiza, because dancing is not for the faint of heart,” enthused Torres.

“It is for those who have the flames of inspiration and honour of culture; that is what brings us together. We could not be more excited to have this representation of Latin American culture at the Tulsa International Airport for all to see.”

The exhibit is located pre-security, in the Concourse A Meet and Greet area, and will be around for one year. This area sees thousands of passengers a day, and millions of passengers a year.

The Oklahoma gateway notes that the exhibit is part of its rotating arts programme. The airport’s Cultural Advisory Group, which is comprised of local artists, representatives from local art organisations, and airport staff, work together to select art to be displayed at the airport.

“Art at the airport is vital to a community,” said Cultural Advisory Group chair, Ken Busby.

“Art showcases our region’s uniqueness, history, and culture to those that may be lifelong residents or first-time visitors. We are excited to showcase this new exhibit and impact our traveler’s experiences in a positive way.”

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