City Council Receptive To Pleas To Save Theaters

For days they've lobbied on the outside of city hall to save theater programs from the axe of budget cuts. Thursday night, they lobbied on the inside.

"Clark theater has been in Tulsa for 35 years," said one teen.

"I moved to Tulsa because Tulsa has done an amazing job with their arts culture," said one man.

"The studies have shown that children involved in theater are more likely to stay in school," said the mother of a theater student.

"Between Chamberlain park and Henthorne is $472,000 of potential cuts," said one gentleman.

"Cutting Clark theater's funding and Heller would impact not only the theater and not only the culture of the city, but it would impact the city economically," said one student.

The speakers also empathized with the council's difficult task of finding funds.

"I understand you're going through a very tough decision," said one man.

"I know you have a tough decision," said another.

"You have limited funds, you have limited revenue coming in, I understand that," echoed a third.

When they were done, the only comments from the councilors were ones of support.

"I have a big connection myself to the arts through my family and i've always been a supporter of the arts," said councilor David Patrick.

"It is one of those areas where that that's what puts us ahead of other communities regionally and I think nationally," said councilor Bynum.

"I think the council has expressed our support, and probably will continue to express that support, we're all very interested," said councilor Ewing.