Since 1977, 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 that last a lifetime. Many OSAI alumni enjoy successful artistic careers, while others become arts supporters in their communities. Whether our alumni pursue the arts or not, they credit their experiences at OSAI with giving them the discipline and self-confidence they need to become successful, well-rounded citizens.
Since 1983, over 5,000 educators and adult artists have attended the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Many OFAI participants pass on the knowledge they gained at Quartz Mountain to thousands of Oklahoma schoolchildren, reaching an average of 50,000 students each year. Amateur and professional artists who attend OFAI enrich the artistic culture of the region and the nation.