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AFS Selects Tulsa for 2020 Annual Meeting Destination

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The AFS staff has successfully completed negotiations with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to serve as our annual meeting site October 13-17, 2020. 

Originally a transplanted tribal town of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Tulsa is a diverse city of over 400,000 residents located where the Osage Nation, the Cherokee Nation, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation meet. The city, and its larger metro area of close to a million residents, is home to large Native American and African American communities and rapidly growing Latino/a and Asian ones. Located on the Arkansas River, Tulsa is a mainstay of “most underrated destination” lists, from Fodor’s to activetimes to twentysomethingliving. An affordable city with an international airport, Tulsa is home to one of the nation's largest collections of art deco architecture, an extensive green and recreational space, and a vibrant cultural scene. Thrilllist sings Tulsa’s praises, but also singles out Guthrie Green, an urban garden, community commons and performance space as one of the “14 coolest urban spaces in America.” Tulsa has even been named the country’s 9th best music scene. It is also distinctive in its wealth of museums and archives, including:

  • the Philbrook Museum of Art, featuring fine art from around the world, including a notable collection of Native American art
  • the Gilcrease Museum, which houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including the Helmerich Center for American Research archive and an important collection of Native American art and material.
  • the Woody Guthrie Center, featuring interactive state-of-the-art museum displays, the extensive Woody Guthrie Archives, and within the next few years, the Bob Dylan Archive.
  • the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, which preserves the largest collection of Judaica in the Southwestern and South-Central United States.
  • the Greenwood Cultural Center, which preserves the culture of the city's African American heritage, housing a collection of artifacts and photography that document the history of the Black Wall Street prior to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

The Hyatt Regency Tulsa, which will house the entire meeting, is well-situated for exploring the Brady Arts District on foot. Our contract with the Hyatt includes UniteHere’s recommended protective language concerning labor disputes.

This is the first  AFS meeting in Oklahoma. We thank AFS members from the area for the invitation to explore the possibility, and for their ongoing assistance in making the meeting a reality. 


Ross W. Peterson-Veatch says...
Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2019
If you all are interested in looking at what's new in Tulsa, you can find out about the 2018 USA Today Best New Attraction award that went to Tulsa's new park "The Gathering Place." The USA Today report is here:
Lorraine Walsh Cashman says...
Posted Friday, August 10, 2018
See also Karen Heller, "A billionaire’s quirky quest to create a mecca for Bob Dylan fans. In Tulsa, Oklahoma," The Washington Post (October 12, 2017):
Lorraine Walsh Cashman says...
Posted Friday, August 10, 2018
See Patricia Leigh Brown, "Transforming Tulsa, Starting with a Park," New York Times, Art and Design section (August 10, 2018):

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