I have been lucky enough to be involved with OAI in one capacity or another for the past 10 years and have witnessed the positive affect they are having on education in the State of Oklahoma. Through the incredible opportunities they provide educators through the Fall Arts Institute to the life changing experiences students have during the summer, they work tirelessly to better the quality of arts education around the state. Oklahoma is lucky to have OAI!!
Amazing organization that has sent many high school students in Oklahoma on lifelong journies in the arts
OAI is an amazing organization, helping students and adults refine their craft. I attended OSAI as a Film student for three years. A great learning experience and way to connect with other students in the arts across the state.
I have been the oboe teacher at OSAI for 4 summers - and it is my absolute happy place. Watching the students grow and learn is so inspirational to me - I cannot imagine what the students take away from this experience. We work hard all day, every day - and the kids get tired - but they keep going, and what they create is at such a high level one would think we were in a major city in the world, not in little Quartz Mountain. This place is magical and the students know it, respect it, and take away a sense of confidence, happiness and creativity that I believe could not be achieved anywhere else. OSAI will stay with me for my lifetime - and it will always be in the hearts and minds of these students too.
This will be my third summer teaching at OAI. The setting. The students. The staff. The faculty. The armadillos!! I am there to teach, inspire and enrich the minds and lives of these amazing students....but I leave each year feeling like it was me that was taught, enriched and inspired. This place is magical and all who leave here, leave a better person and a better artist for having been here. I cannot imagine a more rewarding way to spend two weeks of my life every summer.
I spent an amazing two weeks at Quartz Mountain a couple years ago. Since then, I have been counting down the days when I can work there. This is an amazing opportunity for high school students in Oklahoma. I HIGHLY recommend it. Since my time there, I have been pursuing my dreams. I can honestly say that the training I received while there was high quality and unlike anything I have ever experienced since.
As an Oklahoma educator, it was a bonus to experience continuing education in the language arts. Having an opportunity to learn from world class teachers added so much to my school year.
There was time for individual instruction, which enhanced our experience. The class was paced to allow us to work at an advance level, while still managing to accomplish a piece to take home.
Everything about Oklahoma Arts Institute was designed to help us bridge into a new way of learning and teaching.
During times in collaborative session, I made connections with other Oklahoma educators that are still strong.
I cherish the memories and friendships that came from my classes.
Teaching language arts to today's computer savvy teenagers can be challenging. Technology is helpful, but writing essays continues to be on the list of least favorite things to do in high school. As an Oklahoma educator, I was thrilled to find workshops that led me to discover new ways of leading my students to explore their own potential through the written word. At Oklahoma Arts Institute, we are offered tools that go back into the classroom and provide outlets for creativity and rigorous academic activities for all of our students.
This is one of the BEST Professional Development opportunities for educators on the planet. And, amazingly it is for the teachers of the the state of OKLAHOMA!
If you add part wonderful staff, amazing WORLD CLASS teachers of the arts, a beautiful setting and the weary Oklahoma Public School teacher and mix it in pot of magical potions you just be lucky enough to attend the OSAI as a teacher in OOOOHHHKLAOMA, where the rejuvenating wind of the arts rolls down the plains!
I am seriously grateful for the opportunity, THANKS OSAI!
(also, they do not teach spelling or punctuation, so if there are mistakes, they are my own)
Oklahoma Arts Institute is one of the greatest educational and cultural assets for young people in the state of Oklahoma. My own child has attended twice but I have also known many other young people in various disciplines who have had the opportunity to attend. It is an inspiring, confidence-building, life-changing experience that is accessible to kids throughout the state regardless of income level. Exceedingly well run with deeply committed staff and administration.
I was burning out on my art and creativity in my senior year of high school until I auditioned for chorus at Quartz Mountain, and that experience turned everything around. I met so many incredible people, and my love for art and music were truly rejuvinated by it. I have so much love for this institute, and could not recommend it more. Caring and positive staff, incredible friendships, and a truly special environment of creative encouragement can be found in this place. Beautiful location really brings it all together.
Quartz Mountain lives up to the hype.
In my life I've only known a few places where I've felt like I belonged; places where people know not just my name or any vapid, shallow details about me, but who I am at my core. I had few places where I felt totally free to be myself. And after all, that's what every teen wants in their world. I was just lucky enough to find it.
The arts programs themselves are unmatched in Oklahoma, the teachers are incredible, and one of my favorite parts of the day was every evening when there would be either a presentation by an artist, or a concert by the students. The creativity that runs through this place is mind boggling, and the kindness and respect of students is remarkable.
When I came to Quartz, I had my doubts, I worried it would be too competitive, or that I wouldn't find a group of friends. Within the first day these anxieties were shattered. Most people at Quartz Mountain, are the creative outliers in their schools, and somehow it was established that Quartz would a place for all. I have learned, time and again, that there is room enough in the world for your art, and the art of others, and Quartz exemplifies this quality to the max. The student's, teachers, counselors, and coordinators all work to make this place their own. And in doing so, they have created a gem of a summer camp, and one the has had a lasting impact on generations of young artists.
My child attended summer camp 2016. World class mentoring....and she had a wonderful time with new friends.
My time as a photography student at the Oklahoma Art Institute gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the arts. While there I learned more about my art than I could have ever imagined and made so many lifelong friendships. The scholarships provided by the Art Institute and its many donors allow students from all demographics equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.
I attended OSAI at Quartz Mountain for three years as a student in the 90s and the fall institute for educators as an English professor years later. As a young writing student, I learned extremely valuable lessons not just about my craft but about my role as an artistic citizen and about the discipline required of professional artists. Interacting with and learning from world-renowned professionals at that age gave me confidence that I lacked and made me feel more at home in the wider world as a Native American student from a very rural community.
I went on to get a doctorate in creative writing (poetry), and I was well-prepared for th experience of upper level writing workshops because of my Quartz Mountain experience. When I attended the fall institute as a professor and writer, I found myself invigorated and revived as an artist, just as I had when I was a young student.
The Oklahoma Arts Institute is one of the most valuable experiences I have had as a person and artist. I am so grateful that it is in my home state, and I hope it will continue to sustain our arts community for many years to come.
The Oklahoma Arts Institute gave me the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks surrounded by artists. They provided college level training that pushed my ballet technique and artistry each and every day. I hope one day I can work for them to show my thanks!
I was a student at OSAI- Quartz Mountain for 3 years. It was some of the most productive and creative years of my young career. It pushed me to get a degree in Modern Dance Performance and I now dance with a professional company, all because of the wonderful people who invested in me at OSAI. So thankful for this organization.
I have attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for two summers, both for orchestra (clarinet), and it has been the greatest experience ever. Because of OAI, I plan to major in music performance in college. Being in a place where every students is as passionate about their art form as you helps make it a wonderful experience.
I attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in 2013-2014 and during my time there I made tons of new friends and learned an enormous amount about the arts. OAI has greatly impacted my life and I hope to someday give back to the organization as much as it gave to me.
My name is Gered High and I attended OSAI as a chorus member from 2002-2004. There are no words to describe the impact on my growth as a musician, academic, and human from my experience with the generous professionals, faculty, and artists that have gifted young people with their special knowledge and love for creative excellence. Leona Mitchell from Enid, Ok (see attached) is a highly respected Opera Soprano with whom I had the pleasure of having an individual master class with. I have since studied Opera collegiately and performed for many years in professional chorales. I would not have been able to receive such gifts with my families low monetary level in highschool, no definitely not. I am to this day grateful to my donor from my hometown who understood the gift she was giving to me was to more people than just me. This organization perseveres to enstill and protect that beauty in artistic souls, young and old, expressed through forward discipline to change the world for the better and reveal a common bond for all of us. In short, I would not be in capacity the person I am and strive to be today without the experiences shared at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Thank you.....thank you.
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.