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58 selecttraveler.com S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 throughout the year. Many honor people who are special to the tribe. Celebrations are held on Mother's Day, Father's Day, Veterans Day and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. "If a group decides they want to tour on that day, we are more than happy to help them get involved in the big event going on," said Walters. www.chickasawculturalcenter.com Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa's nickname during much of the 20th century was Oil Capital of the World. Among the early Oklahoma oil barons was Waite Phillips who, along with his wife, Genevieve, commissioned the construction of a spectacular 23-acre Italian Renaissance villa in Tulsa. It was completed in 1927, and then 11 years later the couple donated their home as an art center for the city. Today, it is one of country's finest art museums. Philbrook presents exhibitions from around the world. Its permanent col- lection focuses on American, Native American, European, Asian, African, Antiquities, and Modern and Contemporary art and design. "We get motorcoaches and other organized groups here on a regular basis," said Tricia Milford-Hoyt, Philbrook's communications director. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 to 60. "But we also have a group travel coordinator, so if a group or organization wants a more customized experience, we provide a suite of offerings." The museum's program staff puts together a variety of encounters where art is dissected in ways visitors may never have envisioned. The experiences are based on critical thinking, collaboration, com- munication and creativity. The museum has five large studios that together accommodate up to 250 people simultaneously for art-making exercises and other activities. "Our expe- riences don't just center on learning the skills of drawing and taking a picture home, but in working together as a group," said Milford-Hoyt. The museum has a restaurant overlooking the gorgeous formal and informal gardens; it also has catering services, so a group can spend the day in a private meeting space while enjoying a meal. There is also a satellite branch of Philbrook Museum of Art located in downtown Tulsa. www.philbrook.org Kansas City, Missouri You'll know you've arrived at the Nelson-Atkins Museum by the colorful 20-foot-tall shuttlecocks strewn on the lawn of the museum, as if a giant game of badminton had been interrupted. That's contemporary art but only a tiny sampling of the wide world of art inside the galleries of this impressive museum. Courtesy Philbrook Museum of Art The Philbrook Museum of Art offers numerous hands-on work- shops for groups. , WOW. V i s i t C h e r o k e e Nat i o n . c o m Grand Lake O' the Cherokees Grove, Oklahoma

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