Last month, we were thrilled to welcome Becky Holladay (Photography ’93) as our new Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator and Caleb Mitchum (Flute ’09, ’10) as our new Development Specialist. Becky and Caleb bring the number of OSAI alumni employees to five out of eight full-time staff members, tipping the balance in favor of alums for the first time in the history of OAI!
Caleb, who is originally from Minco, has been part of the OAI family for some time, serving as an orchestra liaison at OSAI for three years. He is active in the Oklahoma City music scene and has played flute with various orchestras in the metro area, including Painted Sky Opera and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Caleb is excited to continue his journey with an organization whose mission he believes in.
“Being from a small town and a family of limited means, OAI opened my eyes to a whole world of artistic opportunity I had not known existed and would not have had access to without the scholarship I received. I know it does the same for countless people every year,” Caleb says.
A native of Norman, Becky still remembers how it felt to be surrounded by so many other young artists: “I realized that there were so many other people like me, who communicated best through their art form, and I realized that this was something I could conceivably do for the rest of my life. Creating art full-time felt like a possibility that summer.”
Becky is excited to be combining her experiences as a journalist, writer, photographer and educator in her new role.