Bob Dylan Center Tulsa, OK

EDUCATION

“Creativity has much to do with experience, observation, and imagination…”

“Creativity is: a funny thing. When we’re inventing something, we’re more vulnerable than we’ll ever be.”

Bob Dylan

Photo by Ken Regan, 1975

Photo by Ken Regan, 1975

The Bob Dylan Center is committed to inspiring students of all ages to express their creativity and passion through music and the arts. Through its educational programming, the center provides schools with an opportunity to explore Bob Dylan’s legacy and his impact on popular culture. 

A visit to the Bob Dylan Center offers students a chance to gain insight into the creative process and be inspired by Dylan’s career. By connecting students with Dylan’s work, the center hopes to help them develop their own unique voices, as well as foster a greater appreciation for music and the arts.

MAVIS STAPLES FREEDOM HIGHWAY ESSAY AWARD

An Opportunity for Tulsa Public School Students in Grades 11 and 12

The Bob Dylan Center announces the inauguration of the Mavis Staples Freedom Highway Essay Award, an educational initiative that highlights the center’s commitment to encouraging younger generations to harness the power of music in their scholastic endeavors, the honing of their world views and their creative modes of self-expression.

REQUEST A TOUR

To begin a discussion about scheduling a free field trip to the Bob Dylan Center for your students, please complete the questionnaire in the visit scheduling tool at the link below.

We kindly request this information be provided at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled visit.

An education representative will contact you to schedule a pre-visit meeting to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have.

EDUCATOR FEEDBACK

As we work to strengthen the center’s role as a partner of the educational community, we value any feedback on what you would like to see from future visits. Please fill out the following survey to help guide our curriculum development and staff training.

TROUBADOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Each year, the American Song Archives awards the Troubadour Teacher of the Year to deserving educators in the Tulsa area. It’s fitting to name this award “troubadour” because a troubadour is someone who travels from place to place spreading knowledge, culture and ideas through their art. Woody and Bob are both considered troubadours. They had a common belief in the power of music to ignite social consciousness, challenge injustice and inspire transformative change.

2024 RECIPIENTS

Kendrea Greene

Kendrea Greene

Kendrea is the Expanded Learning Coordinator from Hawthorne and Anderson Elementary Schools.

Ms. Greene is a proud graduate of Tulsa Public Schools and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She began her career in education in 2003. She has worked with students who are incarcerated, the big brothers and big sisters program, teens who are in foster care, student parents.

When asked about Ms. Greene, her colleagues have said she has an energy for helping youth that is unmatched. She pours passion into her work, on behalf of her students and families and it is inspiring. Her can-do spirit and sunny disposition are infectious.

Elmer Thomas

Elmer Thomas

Elmer is the Expanded Learning Administrator from Monroe Demonstration Academy.

Mr. Thomas hails from Kansas City, Kansas. He began teaching 4th grade in KC before moving to Tulsa in 1996 where over the course of his careers has taught 5th grade, served in administrative roles at Cooper Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Unity Learning Academy until he accepted the position as Climate and Culture position at Monroe and eventually his current position of Expanded Learning Administrator.

According to his colleagues, Mr. Thomas is dedicated, kind and steadfastly committed to advancing unique opportunities for the students at his school. He has a vast knowledge of child development and best practices for programs to provide meaningful experiences for his students to participate. He is the calm in the storm that is middle school.

PAST RECIPIENTS

Stephen Walden

Stephen Walden

Stephen has just completed his 11th year of teaching. Stephen is currently teaching US History, AP US History and American Music History, which is a class he developed. He has also taught Humanities and Broadcasting. He serves on the summer item review/writing committees for the Oklahoma Department of Education.

He has previously taught at Bartlesville High School, where he won the Rising Star Teacher of the Year in 2014. Stephen is the advisor for the PRISM club, a student-led group for LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

Stephen has visited our centers several times and has brought classes during both semesters of the school year. He is an advocate for his students, creating a safe space for them.

Nate Parker

Nate Parker

Nate holds a bachelor’s degree in English and multiethnic studies from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s degree in English and Cultural Studies from Kansas State University.

During his education career, he has taught at a variety of public and private high schools, as well as Tulsa community college and Kansas State University. He is a past recipient of the Rudd/WLA K-12 teaching award for curricular design from the Western Literature Association, the Poet-Warrior award from the Oklahoma Literary Arts Alliance for his work promoting youth poetry initiatives and is a lifetime member of the Sigma Tau Delta National honor society for English. He served for years as chair of the English department at Holland Hall School.

His proudest achievements are the many student-poets he has had the chance to teach and coach as part of the Louder Than A Bomb national youth poetry SLAM program.

Nathan visits the centers regularly with his students. Nate is currently in administration at Street School.