TULSA, Okla. — The Bob Dylan Center is opening in Tulsa on May 10th.
The long-awaited center is going to house the archives and cultural treasures created and owned by Dylan over seven decades. Officials announced plans for the center in 2016 when the George Kaiser Foundation helped bring his secret archives to Tulsa. At the time Dylan said he picked Tulsa due to the proximity to the Woody Guthrie Center. Guthrie, a folk and cultural icon, was a mentor and great influence on Dylan. Dylan befriended Guthrie in his final days after moving to New York City to pursue his music career.
Guthrie, an Okemah native, wrote hundreds of songs including "This Land is Your Land." His archives are housed in the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa. Dylan, also from the midwest, also told Vanity Fair he "likes the casual hum of the midwest."
The ribbon cutting for the center is scheduled for May 10. Center Director Steven Jenkins will speak at the event, in addition to George Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Director Ken Levit, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, City of Tulsa Chief Resilience Officer Krystal Reyes, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and author Hannibal Johnson. Musical performances by Cherokee musician Agalisiga Mackey and Sistema Tulsa will also take place.
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