TULSA - The man who started the Blue Dome Arts Festival in downtown Tulsa has passed the torch, and for the first time ever the popular event will be under new management this May.
Michael Sager told KRMG Friday he just felt the time was right.
"I really need to ensure that it survives for another 10 or 15 years, and Chris Armtrong and JoAnne have been integral for the last number of years, and they've acquired the Blue Dome, and they're officially the Blue Dome guys these days, and so it was time for them to take it and run with it and they'll do a great job."
He told us that in the beginning, "two wild and crazy artistic women walked in my office and said 'oh my gosh, we want to do something and would you be interested? Would you think about this down here?' And I said 'I'd not only think about it, let's do it.' And it was as simple as that. The seed kind of blew in the door like the wind and I grabbed it and polinated it. That's it."
He said it began very informally.
"We saw it grow from a very organic, no rules, no permission, crazy no-cost deal into full compliance with the government, and the police, and the rules, and the Oklahoma Tax Commission -- and 40,000 people."
The Armstrongs also own and operates Arnie's Bar.