ELEVATE: Young at Art: A close-up look at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 3, 2015) - It’s a two-week summer experience that, for many students, is life-changing. The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain is an intensive academy for Oklahoma high school students in the fields of acting, creative writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing and painting, photography, and film and video.

High school students statewide audition for a spot. After a competitive selection process, around 250 students are selected annually. All participating students attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute on full scholarships worth more than $2,500 each. Scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and matched by private donations secured by the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

“Our mission is not only to create future artists but to support and create interest in the arts in Oklahoma,” said Julie Cohen, President/CEO of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. “We want those kids to go back to their communities and care about the cultural events in their communities and support them going forward.”

The next Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain will be held June 11-26, 2016.

A Fall workshop for educators is held select weekends in October. It’s a four-day weekend workshop taught by master artists in the literary, visual, and performing arts, including workshops for core curriculum, special education, and physical education teachers.

For more information, go to www.oaiquartz.org.




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Last updated on August 13, 2015