Joy Harjo named first Artist-In-Residence for Bob Dylan Center

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Collaborator: Mvskoke Media
Published: 02/04/2022, 4:45 PM

Written By: Morgan Taylor

(TVLSE, Okla.) Renowned Muscogee (Creek) poet, award-winning artist and three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo now adds one more recognition to the list as the first Artist-In-Residence at Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Center.

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As her new title, Harjo will present educational programs, perform live, as well as curate exhibits over the course of six years at the BDC.

Managing Director of the American Song Archives Steve Higgins who oversees the BDC, told PRNewswire that Harjo’s tenure is integral to furthering the Center’s mission.

“As a poet, musician, playwright and author, Joy Harjo exemplifies artistry and brings light to the world through her work,” Higgins said.


In response to her appointment, Harjo said, “When Bob Dylan stepped forward and made his path of song making, poetry, and storytelling, a path that lit a generation, he opened a creative door for others to find their way to fresh invention and imagining. I am one of those who followed. My residency will allow this legacy to be extended to the community, to encourage and share creativity. I am honored to be part of this new venture.”

The BDC will hold its grand opening on May 10.

The Center will house a priceless collection of over 100,000 items spanning Bob Dylan’s career.

The George Kaiser Foundation, a Tulsa-based charitable organization, supports the BDC.

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