JCJ Architecture provided full design services for the creation of the new Choctaw Cultural Center. The primary vision for the project was to create a window through which the world will learn about the Nation.
The project allows visitors to create their own vision through total emotional immersion. Upon entry, guests discover the tribe’s story and history. Each space creates an atmosphere of learning for visitors of all ages. Gathering spaces provide a place to connect, while moments of solitude allow for reflection and a deeper learning opportunity – truly a dynamic cultural destination.
Program elements include: Administrative offices, Exhibit Halls (permanent and traveling), event space, food court, gift shop, children’s area, library, collections storage/archive, stickball field, dance/pow wow area, living village, amphitheater, water features, trails, retail, info center/kiosk, tour office, animal programming, aviary, theaters (large, small and feature) storage and maintenance, and parking.
Landscape 1: The Origin of the Choctaw People tells two stories of archeology and history. 40+ Native Artists created this landscape.
Landscape 2: Choctaw Village of First Ancestors depicts early Choctaw living through tree species, screens and life-casts.
Landscape 3: Small Theater showcases two families along the Trail of Tears.
Landscape 4: Recent Choctaw History depicts modern homes, school buildings and the Choctaw National Sport, Stickball.