Who can apply?

  • You must be enrolled in an Oklahoma public school, private school, or homeschool program.
  • In general, applicants for this year’s program must be at least 15 years old by September 1, 2018. (i.e. It’s okay if you’re 14 during the Summer Institute, but you must turn 15 by September 1, 2018 to apply.) Graduating seniors up to age 19 are also eligible. This means the vast majority of current 9th – 12th graders can apply. Current freshman who will not be 15 by September 1 may still be eligible to audition. Please call our office at 405.605.7500 for more information.

Can I apply for more than one art form/discipline?

  • Yes. You can apply for up to four art forms/disciplines.
  • If you are interested in more than one area, consider applying for more than one discipline. It will increase your chances of being accepted to OSAI.
  • When you apply for OSAI, you will rank your disciplines in order of preference. If your audition score qualifies you for more than one discipline, your ranking will determine which discipline you will study at OSAI.

When is the application deadline?

  • You must complete your online application and schedule your audition no later than NOON the weekday before your audition. For example, if you wish to audition on Saturday, January 20, or Sunday, January 21, you must have completed your online scheduling by noon on Friday, January 19.
  • Audition spaces fill quickly, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

If I audition in a small town instead of a large city, will I have a better chance of being accepted?

No. Auditions are judged on a statewide basis, not by audition location. Acceptance is based on audition scores, not on demographics. You can read more about our adjudication procedures here.

When will I found out if I’ve been accepted?

All applicants, whether accepted, not accepted, or accepted as an alternate, will be notified via email by April.

How much does it cost to attend?

  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $20 for one discipline and $15 for each discipline after that.
  • Every accepted student receives a scholarship to attend OSAI.
  • In addition to the $20 application fee, attending students must pay a non-refundable commitment fee of $290. Some disciplines require students to provide supplies.
  • Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible for assistance through the OAI Angel Fund. Please do NOT let financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or assistance, call 405.605.7500 or email
  • Scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and matched by private donations secured by the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
  • Additional program funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Can I arrive at the Summer Arts Institute late or leave early?

No. Students must check in at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, OK, on June 9, 2018 and remain until the end of the Closing Ceremonies on June 24, 2018. Students are NOT allowed to leave the camp during the program, except during a few designated hours on Sunday, June 17.

What kind of housing and accommodations can I expect?

  • 24-hour on-site security and medical staff ensure the safety of every OSAI student.
  • All students are housed within the Quartz Mountain State Park. Female students reside in the Quartz Mountain Lodge, and male students stay in dormitories and cabins on the park grounds. The entire state park is monitored by park rangers and 24-hour OAI security staff.

I am vegetarian or have dietary restrictions, are alternative meals available?

Meals are served in the Sundance Café at the Quartz Mountain Lodge. Vegetarian options are available at each meal, and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated.

What supplies do I need to bring?

Some equipment and supplies are provided. You will also need to bring supplies specific to your discipline. Supply lists are available on the Student Information page prior to the Institute.

How do I get to Quartz Mountain?

Please visit our Directions page for maps and detailed instructions.

How many alternates are selected?

The number of alternates in each discipline varies based on how many alternates have been needed in a specific discipline in the past; some disciplines have one alternate, some have 10.

Can I find out my alternate ranking?

First alternates are notified they are the first alternate in their discipline because they have the highest chance of having an opportunity to attend. Other alternate rankings are not disclosed.

How likely is it that an alternate will get a spot at OSAI?

It differs from year to year, and there’s no way to predict how many alternates will be selected; however, historically there have been more alternates selected in performing arts disciplines as compared to literary or visual arts disciplines.

When will alternates find out if they have a spot?

OAI staff will contact the next alternate as soon as they have been notified a spot is available. Alternates may be contacted as late as the day before OSAI begins.

How are alternates notified if they have a spot?

OAI staff will call the primary and secondary phone numbers listed in an applicant’s record.  If no one is reached, the staff will leave voicemail messages, and the applicant will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received within 24 hours, the next alternate is contacted.

I have been selected as an alternate, but I know I cannot attend. What should I do?

Please contact OAI staff: 405.605.7500 or Knowing you no longer wish to be considered for OSAI ensures the next alternate can be contacted as early as possible.