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Announcements

March 27, 2020

This page will be continuously updated as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and make programmatic decisions leading up to OSAI 2020.

 

Dear OSAI 2020 Students, Family, Faculty and Staff,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. We understand you are eagerly awaiting news about whether we will be able to hold the 2020 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. With OSAI still more than ten weeks away, we are going to continue to monitor the situation...

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Summer Arts Institute

February 21, 2020

Over the past month, the hallways of public schools and performing arts centers across Oklahoma have been filled with young artists auditioning for a spot at the 2020 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Our staff traveled to 18 locations, crisscrossing the state from Miami to Altus and Alva to Idabel, in order to facilitate auditions by some of Oklahoma’s most talented high school students. Along the way, we also met many dedicated educators—like the visual arts teacher from Hugo who drove her students two hours to an...

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Announcements

February 21, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced that the Oklahoma Arts Institute will receive an Art Works grant in fiscal year 2020. This $40,000 grant will provide direct support for the 2020 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. OAI is one of only four organizations in...

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Summer Arts Institute

February 21, 2020

This summer we look forward to welcoming Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab (radiolab.org), one of the world’s most popular podcasts. A public radio program, Radiolab is broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. On most days, Radiolab is the second most popular podcast, just behind This American Life.

Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been...

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Alumni in the News

February 21, 2020

The summers that Elisa Harkins (Modern Dance ’94, ’95, ’96) spent at Quartz Mountain opened her up to a side of dance that she calls “more cerebral”—full of storytelling and Greek mythology. In her work today as an artist and composer, Harkins preserves the histories, lesser-told stories and languages of her Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee ancestors, often employing sculpture, animation, dance, sound design and film.

She’s re-composed and performed hymns—protest songs in disguise—that were...

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Announcements

February 21, 2020

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...

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