036Tulsa Girls Art School Project, Inc. (Tulsa GAS) is a grassroots nonprofit art studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our mission statement is “Empowering underserved girls through visual arts training.” Our goal is to provide specialized art training to talented and motivated elementary school-aged girls living in the inner city of Tulsa. Tulsa GAS is different from other local charitable organizations providing professional level art instruction by local art teachers and artists. TGAS provides a small class environment so students will have a great deal of individual instruction and encouragement. TGAS wants to increase student understanding and appreciation of art and the life of an artist. We encourage the children to see themselves as artists and life-long participants in the arts and museums.

TGAS is a real life working art studio where students create art and will have the opportunity to sell their paintings during an actual evening art opening. Funds from the sales are allocated between the artist and TGAS. The young artists may use their portion of their art sales to purchase art supplies for personal use, pay competition fees or gallery entry fees, or buy college savings bonds for their future studies. This helps each student learn the process of planning, creating and executing their artwork, and goes a step further by teaching basic business skills.

Exceptional students will be encouraged to develop their full artistic ability and if interested, set a goal of pursuing a degree in art. Our hope is to identify young girls and provide a unique opportunity to these motivated and talented children who could not pursue a career in art without TGAS’ assistance. Each year TGAS selects two new Tulsa elementary schools to work with. Schools are located in the urban area of Tulsa, in close proximity to downtown. New students are interviewed and selected on an individual basis. Each girl is interviewed and recommended by her art teacher, homeroom teacher and principal of her elementary school.
TGAS welcomes any donations or volunteers who would like to help change these girls’ lives. Show your support by purchasing original masterpieces made by these young artists. Together we will make a positive impact on their lives and nurture the next generation of visual artists.