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Service-Learning Fellowship

Engaging TU Students and Faculty in innovative and collaborative projects in the city of Tulsa

The True Blue Service-Learning Fellowship is a springboard for innovative, collaborative projects in the city of Tulsa by bringing students, faculty and the community together to: create/design together, to tackle complex community challenges, and to build stronger and more meaningful University and community bonds. TU faculty may apply for the fellowship in the fall and spring terms. Selected fellows receive a $2,500 stipend for project expenses. Interested faculty can call 918-631-3303, or email for more information about fellowship requirements.

2019 Service-Learning Fellow, Jeff Van Hanken and TU Students in Prof. Van Hanken’s class: Sam Gottsch and Kyle Johnson

“Creative Placemaking”

First a bit about the field of placemaking. In 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts commissioned a white paper about an emerging area where there appeared to be an intersection of the arts with economic development and public policymaking.

“In creative placemaking,” the authors wrote, “partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”