By Anne Peters
Oklahoma Arts Institute
Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for Piedmont High School senior Marisa Brown. She earned a spot at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to be held June 14 to 29 at Quartz Mountain (OSAI).
Brown is studying drawing and printmaking at OSAI with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. In conjunction with acceptance, Brown received a full scholarship to the program, worth over $2,500.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s performances and talents as well as learning new styles and techniques from the instructors and guest artists. I am hoping to gain experience that will further my artistic ability,” Brown said.
At OSAI, Oklahoma high school students spend at least six hours a day studying one of nine artistic disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts.
In the evenings, they attend a variety of performances, lectures, and demonstrations that give them an appreciation of the arts outside of their chosen discipline. Students from different disciplines and backgrounds study, reside, and eat meals together.
With so many highly motivated and talented students working together in close quarters, lifelong friendships and career-enhancing collaborations often develop.
This is the program’s 38th year, and since its inception, many famous artists have taught at OSAI. Former faculty artists include recipients of the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. This year’s Institute boasts a renowned faculty, including Tomasz Golka, who was recently named chief conductor of the Colombian National Symphony, and Dean Irby, former acting coach for The Cosby Show.
Quartz Mountain state park has been the home of institute programs since 1978. The secluded locale and beautiful setting make it an ideal location for arts immersion.
Set between Lake Altus-Lugert and the rocky Quartz Mountains, the Arts and Conference Center boasts a 700-seat performing arts center, versatile studio pavilions, and more. Students and faculty gain inspiration from the beautiful natural setting.
Brown was selected to attend OSAI through competitive statewide auditions, with nearly 1,000 students auditioning for just 270 spots.
In conjunction with acceptance, attending students receive full scholarships to the program worth over $2,500. Brown’s scholarship is provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc., with additional funding provided by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation, and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
OSAI culminates in ONSTAGE Weekend set for Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28. The weekend consists of concerts, performances, film screenings and gallery exhibitions where every OSAI student has a chance to display their work. All ONSTAGE events are free and open to the public, and a performance schedule is available at www.oaiquartz.org or (405) 605-7500.
The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. OAI administers a program for talented Oklahoma youth every June and a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.