For over 30 years, Oklahoma’s most talented high school students have gathered at Quartz Mountain for two weeks every summer, studying with nationally-renowned artists in an atmosphere of arts immersion. As students form friendships, meet mentors, and hone their skills, they make memories of OSAI that last a lifetime. Many OSAI alumni enjoy successful artistic careers, while others choose different career paths. Whether our alumni pursue the arts or not, they undoubtedly credit their experiences at OSAI with giving them the discipline and self-confidence they need to become successful, well-rounded citizens. This year, 271 new OSAI students joined the talented, worldwide network of OSAI alumni.
Since 1983, over 5,000 educators and adult artists have attended the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OFAI). Each fall, master artists teach a series of four-day weekend retreats in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Many OFAI participants pass on the knowledge they gained at Quartz Mountain to thousands of Oklahoma schoolchildren. Amateur and professional artists who attend OFAI enrich the artistic culture of the region and the nation.
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"I don't know of anything else like this. Oklahoma is really fortunate to have the Summer Arts Institute. They've poured a lot of time, money and talent into this place." - Bryan Dietrich, prize-winning author and 2005 OSAI faculty member and OSAI alumnus
"My two years at OSAI have been the experiences of a lifetime. I've gained knowledge in my field that will greatly benefit me in the future. I would definitely recommend it to any student." - Jason Jupiterwala, OSAI alumnus
"I embrace the way others approach their talent. When other artists show their appreciation, love and respect for their own and other peoples' art forms, it fuels my creativity." - Marquise-Renay Jones, OSAI alumnus
"For me, there is no better place in the world to learn about the arts than Quartz Mountain. The landscape is so unique and so inspiring." - Elizabeth Lowry, OFAI alumnus
From the Quartz Mountain Collection