Philanthropy

The restored Circle Theater in the historic Chilton Building.

Circle Cinema

In 2004 George Kravis cofounded the Circle Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit movie theater presenting independent, foreign, and documentary films. Its mission is to use film to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the human experience and to create a community among its viewers. It is housed in the restored Circle Theater on the ground floor of the historic Chilton Building designed in 1928. The 2004 restoration of the building sparked the rejuvenation of the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood.

The reissued book Tulsa Art Deco.

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture was founded in 1995 to preserve significant Tulsa buildings and houses and to celebrate Oklahoma’s architectural heritage. The organization collects and preserves architectural drawings and photographs of significant Tulsa architecture. The foundation also collects architectural periodicals, such as Architectural Forum and Pencil Points, so that Tulsa’s contribution to the building arts can be understood in a larger context. To further its mission to educate the public, TFA organizes tours of historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Artifacts of the American West in the Kravis Discovery Center.

Kravis Discovery Center at the Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum, a University of Tulsa/City of Tulsa partnership, holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. In 2004, the museum established the Kravis Discovery Center, moving 250,000 artifacts relating to the early history of the Americas—ranging from 12,000 BC spear points to twentieth century Plains Indian beadwork—from storage to a study area for visitors of all ages. Young visitors experience the artifacts in ways that help them understand objects through shape, color, size and function. Funded by the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation and George R. Kravis II.

Children and artwork at the Kravis Summer Arts Camp

Kravis Summer Arts Camp

This two-week summer camp, held on the University of Tulsa campus, allows students in grades 1 through 12 to experience artistic expression, including visual art, music, and drama. The Kravis Summer Arts Camp reflects George Kravis’s core belief that the arts are integral to education. The program also includes a travel initiative for fine arts teachers to visit arts institutions, museums, galleries, and studios outside of Tulsa. This enrichment of the Tulsa Public Schools is coordinated by Ann Tomlins and funded by the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation.