Life changing! I attended OSAI as a student for 3 years and returned as a counselor in 2016, because this program altered the course of my life and the lives of those around me. This is the most valuable arts-related non profit in Oklahoma, and there are a lot of amazing ones.
As a teacher, I have attended the Fall Institute five times and cannot begin to describe how those workshops have impacted my classroom. My students have greatly benefited from the ideas, techniques, and knowledge I have brought back to the classroom.
Another value I have found in attending the Fall Institute if the sense of serenity and the ability to recharge it has given me. Teaching is an "all or nothing" profession and having four days to immerse myself in art and beauty makes me a better teacher and it carries through my entire year and beyond.
Amazing program! Gives talented young adults a place to share, excel, bond, and grow within their dicipline... as well as creating an environment to reflect, relax, and enjoy their talent. Sometimes these brilliant kiddos get intense and just need a place where they can be themselves and share their passion!!
This is a wonderful nonprofit organization that gives high school students (and adults) an incredible Arts experience in multiple disciplines (orchestra, choral, creative writing, film, modern dance, ballet, photography, painting/drawing). Most kids will remember this for a lifetime and the experiences they have there help shape these young people into exceptional young men and women. I truly believe that this organization utilizes my donation effectively and that my money goes to a good cause.
Both my children have attended Quartz Mountain Arts Institute participating in the orchestra. The quality of the experience is phenomenal for the students and just as awe inspiring for the public who attend the performances (which have been standing room only). All students attend on scholarships which are provided by private donations and grants. The quality of work that the instructors can draw from the students is outstanding and the overall experience has left a lasting impression on my children that will never be forgotten. I feel as though my daughter's comment about Quartz Mountain says it all, "I feel as though I've come home".
My daughter attended the Oklahoma Arts Summer Institute at Quartz Mountain for the first time. It was a great experience for her and very unforgettable. Made new friends, intensely worked on her arts discipline for two weeks, learned about other arts disciplines, worked under Professionals in the field brought in from other places, etc. She felt this was a prestigious camp and worked hard to audition in. She plays the violin.
As a parent, was very impressed from the beginning when dropping our daughter off to camp. All was very organized. They made everyone feel very welcome with a smile and willingness to meet any needs. It was great all the way through from the concerts parents could attend on the weekends, keeping the kids safe by not allowing anyone in but on certain times, limited use of cell phones, set rules in place to keep all things running good...again, very organized.
What a wonderful organization that helps promote the arts in the state of Oklahoma! My daughter cannot wait until next year. This organization made sure our kids thanked the donors who allowed our kids to be there for almost a $2500 valued scholarship. I know my daughter also received a letter too for participating. Good etiquette is always good for our kids to learn. This organization made sure each and every kid was recognized in their local town newspapers as well as news lips being done on TV. Very impressed!
I attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for high school artists for the first time in 2011 as a student in their symphony orchestra. I remember very vividly the first day with our guest conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Grogan, as we sat down and opened our two-week experience with the finale to Ottorino Respighi's "Pines of Rome." I had never felt so much power and emotion swell into me as I did playing in that exact moment and I felt like all of my preconceived notions about the world and the people in it had vanished. As the week went on, I watched Oklahoma's most talented youth pour their hearts out through their craft, both thriving in their environment and struggling to be better not for themselves, but for the people around them. We all met people younger, older, male, female, gay, straight, lesbian, black, white, or whatever it is that they identified as and none of it mattered. OSAI brought us together and, without trying to, taught us to care for each other and collaborate through our individual crafts. I can't think of another place where so many people who were all so young could have felt that unified. This organization is more than just guest speakers, workshops, and a fun two weeks away. The Oklahoma Arts Institute is creating beauty in the world, changing lives, and truly bringing out the best in every individual that has ever had the opportunity to attend their programs.
I was lucky enough to participate in the Arts Institute twice. In 1989 as a member of the Orchestra for the youth program and again 25 years later in the teaching program. I had an amazing learning experience both times. As a teacher, I was able to study African music from an instructor from Africa. I was then able to take this knowledge back to teach my own students. I would not have been able to attend without this being fully funded. I am grateful for the experience and love every minute spent st Quartz Mountain.
My 14 year old was chosen to participate in the ballet program this summer with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Being so young, I was a little nervous to send her off for two weeks. However, after the positive experience my daughter had and the growth in her art discipline - I would not hesitate in sending my daughter there for the whole summer if that were possible. Such a great opportunity and positive experience for all involved.
This organization is absolutely amazing, and it has changed my life for the better. I learned so much and made many new friends at Quartz mountain. I honestly wouldn't change a thing at this camp. The staff is wonderful and friendly, the environment is amazing, the view is fantastic, and everyone there is just having a good time.
I've only been able to attend once, but it was a thoroughly pleasant experience. Teachers are forced to endure hours and hours of boring in-service training, but Quartz Mountain Teachers' Arts Institute was a breath of fresh air, literally. The people were wonderful, the food was amazing, the training was inspiring, the outdoors setting was relaxing. I'm so grateful that I was able to attend due to the donations of caring individuals and organizations.