60th Annual Awards Dinner

60th Annual Awards Dinner Honoring Clark and Michelle Wiens and Circle Cinema

The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) honored Clark and Michelle Wiens and Circle Cinema during its 60th Annual Awards Dinner at Cox Business Center on Saturday, November 10.

The power of Clark and Michelle Wiens’ collective philanthropic efforts are felt throughout Northeastern Oklahoma and beyond. Their shared vision for the arts, culture and social justice elevate the communities and organizations they serve.

Clark was a member of the Oklahoma Center for Community of Justice Board of Directors, is a co-founder of Sapulpa Arts, and has been involved on the board of the Starlight Concert for 30 years. He also serves on the Tulsa Girls Art School Advisory Board and the Oklahoma Arts Institute Film and Video Advisory panel.

He has played a role in the making of several films, including the production of “Bill’s Thud,” which chronicled his brother-in-law’s Vietnam War experience. He was also a video assistant on interviews of Oklahoma Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Visual History Foundation. 

In addition to his charitable endeavors, Clark was an owner of a successful wholesale lumber company, Cedar Creek, and is an alumnus of The University of Tulsa.

Michelle Kelly Wiens’ passion for both art and the Jewish community is evident through her service and involvement in a wide range of projects. She interviewed Oklahoma Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Visual History Foundation and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. She also spearheaded the renovation of Harwelden Mansion's Pond and surrounding grounds, a project she hoped to undertake since she was a teenager participating in projects sponsored by the Arts Council of Tulsa.

Her board and committee service includes the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsa Girls Art School Advisory Board and Yom HaShoah annual interfaith event founding committee.

Circle Cinema is Clark and Michelle’s gift to Tulsa. Co-founded with George Kravis in 2001, the historic 1928 movie theater was recreated with the goal of inspiring “Community Consciousness through Film.” A landmark in the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood, Circle Cinema now operates with four screens and is a cultural center and destination. This is possible through the generosity, dedication and hard work of many others.

OCCJ and Circle Cinema enjoy a relationship full of community-driven partnerships. In 2011, the nonprofits partnered for a series of screenings of the film “Bully,” where 4,000 students viewed the film and engaged in dialogue about improving interpersonal relationships in schools. More recently, Circle Cinema hosted an evening for OCCJ to discuss its connection to the film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” featuring Fred Rogers. “Different and the Same,” the second-grade anti-prejudice program utilized by OCCJ was created by Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

OCCJ recognizes the following sponsors of the 60th Annual Awards Dinner


The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation 

Human Spirit

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Ruth Nelson Family Foundation

Sanford and Irene Burnstein Foundation

Sanjay and Julie Meshri

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Community & Justice

Mervin Boviard Foundation

ONE Gas, Inc. 

ONEOK, Inc. 

website sponsors QuikTrip ONEOK Williams TulsaPeople