To celebrate its first year of operations, Downtown Tulsa Partnership partnered with Magic City Books in summer 2022 to decorate Downtown Tulsa with poetry communicating Downtown’s vibrancy and inclusivity. Haiku submissions were solicited among Downtown stakeholders, and 10 were selected, printed on yard signs and temporarily installed in the public right-of-way throughout Downtown.
Downtown Tulsa Partnership commissioned Tulsa artist May Yang to design a backdrop for the winning haiku.
About the Artist: May Yang
May Yang is a Tulsa-based artist, printer, designer, and business owner. She works with
printmaking and mixed media techniques to produce work that processes the information
overload common in our digital age.
May graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. While there, she interned for
Dolphin Press & Print, the school's print workshop, where she assisted in printing editions for
Jon Rappleye, Jane Kent and Faith Ringgold. Continuing her interest in collaborative
printmaking, May attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico
and earned her Professional Printer’s Certificate. May has participated in a number of juried and
invitational group shows, including IPCNY New Prints, OVAC’s 24 Works on Paper (2011 &
2022), and Momentum Tulsa Spotlight. May participated in a number of group shows with
Tulsa’s ETA collective, a group of early to mid-career artists working in a variety of mediums,
until the group’s dissolution in 2018. Following a long hiatus from creating personal work, May
fell in love with painting murals and found it to be a gateway to developing a creative practice
again. May is one of OVAC’s Fellowship Award recipients for 2022.
Outside of her art, May owns Flash Flood Print Studios, Tulsa’s artist-led, community-driven
Busy people pass,
Lucky few survey the scene.
Art Deco beauty.
— Ronda Falkensten, It’s Been There
The pulse of Downtown throbs
for all who walk her streets.
Philtower Gargoyles breathe.
— Emma Livingston, Inhale, Exhale Tulsa
Our downtown Tulsa
A city we love.
— Margo Mitchell, Tulsa Vibe
Skyline warm with the
Of small journeys home
— Max Nobel, Abiding in Light
Red brick, red brick stands
Strong sheltering new colors
Tulsa blooms anew
— Margaret Hartley, Perennial (Tulsa Arts District)
Sprouts come to life on green wood stems,
souls resurrected in burnt black soil.
— Bob Baker, Tulsa, OK 74114
Meeting the moment
Engaging and embracing
Witness its greatness
— MT Sea, Tulsa Time
acknowledge our past anticipate our future
community vibes from Route 66
a backdrop of Art Deco funky Tulsa thrives
— Gena Nelson, Tulsa Vibes
may the peace, here, be proportional to the past ashes, in the street
— Mason Kiser, Rectification
In the green woods of Tallasi night and day share shadows.