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Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain
September 26, 2009

I first attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in 1979 after graduating from high school. I studied print making with my instructor Dan Kiacz. With his encouragement and guidance, I decided to major in Art in college. I am in my 25th year of teaching Art and have trained 6 student teachers to become Art teachers, I've also had many students go on to major in Art and get Art careers. I have attended the OFAI many times studying every visual Art they offer. Each time it impacts my personal Art and my students. I would not be as successful as an Art teacher today if it wasn't for the initial 2 weeks of Quartz Mountain Arts Institute when I was 18, and for all the training I've received since I began teaching in 1984. I am grateful for every time I'm accepted and for every teacher I learn something valuable. I am a direct product of the Oklahoma Arts Institute and it's positive impact on the Arts in Oklahoma.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It focused me right out of high school to major in Art and become an Art Educator. The Adult Institute in the Arts also helps me network with other high school Art teachers and share ideas.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more weekends to teachers so more of us could attend.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of Instructors they offer is amazing. They are top-of-the-line artists who are thriving in the field we are studying.We are able to receive personal critiques from people who really know their field

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always cheerful, helpful and nice to be around. Everyone seems happy to be working at the Oklahomha Fall Arts Institute.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer more weekends for public school teachers to study the Arts. More money would allow more high school students to attend.

Ways to make it better...

Sometimes the workshop I want to take fills up just minutes after it becomes available on the website.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding to provide scholarships for teachers I'm sure is demanding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I cannot say enough good things about the Oklahoma Arts Institute and it's programs for high school and public school teachers. It definately shapes and changes lives, giving confidence in those who might come from poorer background as it did with me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I was a student at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and Adult Institute in the Arts.