OSAI/Quartz Mountain

LONE WOLF, OK  — Creativity abounds for two weeks in the southwestern Oklahoma terrain as an elite group of 270 young Oklahoma artists, including two students from Guthrie, develop their individual talents. Oklahoma’s Official School of the Arts, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), accepted Guthrie students to study in its unique arts educational program being held June 8-23.

Chosen through competitive auditions, students attending OSAI experience a unique creative interaction with peers from across the state. The Institute provides world-class arts instruction to Oklahoma’s most talented high school students in a creatively charged and natural environment. Students study for six hours per day in one of eight disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts.  Evening performances, faculty showcases and demonstrations allow students the opportunity to interact with each discipline.   

Deer Creek High School student Carlyn Tibbs is in residence at Quartz Mountain as a member of the film & video discipline. Calliope Staudt of Mount St. Mary High School is a member of the chorus. 

“I am so excited for Quartz Mountain and to be surrounded by people that have the same interests as me,” said Tibbs. “I am only hoping that this experience will fuel my fire for my future in film. I am so grateful that I was accepted and that I get to work with some of the best in Oklahoma.”

Each student accepted to OSAI attends on full scholarship. This year, nearly 1,000 high school students auditioned for 270 available spots. Students study, reside, and build community during this two-week institute, creating lifelong friendships and setting students on a course for future engagement with the arts.

Past OSAI faculty artists have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards. This summer, 34 faculty artists teach students in the disciplines of acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing & painting, film & video, orchestra, and photography.

Among the notable 2019 faculty is filmmaker, writer, and journalist Annie Nocenti.  Her films include “Disarming Falcons” (DOC NYC 2014) and “Taking Chances” (2009).  Also a journalist, Nocenti’s work has appeared in publications such as “Details,” “PRINT,” “Filmmaker” and her piece, “The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World,” appears in Anthony Bourdain’s collection, “Best Travel Writing 2008”. Nocenti is most known for her work in comics, including stints writing “Daredevil” and editing “X-Men.” 

“Every student in Oklahoma deserves to have access to a well-rounded education, and I am proud of the work OAI has done for many decades to set the bar high for intense study and practice in the arts,” said Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  ”The program’s distinguished alumni and faculty, including Megan Mullally, Tim Blake Nelson and Blake Bailey, have made an enormous impact on the culture, and I have no doubt the talented young artists who attend the 2019 Summer Institute will make their own impressive mark.”

Quartz Mountain Nature Park is set in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma by Lake Altus-Lugert. The arts and conference center boasts a 700-seat performing arts center, newly renovated studio pavilions, and beautiful views.

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute culminates in ONSTAGE Weekend, a series of performances showcasing each student’s work at the Institute. Performances and gallery openings are open to the public with no charge for admission. All students will be featured in final performances or presentations during ONSTAGE Weekend June 21-22. A full public performance schedule can be found online at oaiquartz.org/student-performances.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute (OAI) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. In addition to the Summer Arts Institute, OAI administers a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.

Guthrie students’ scholarships are made possible through funding from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and David and Molly Boren Scholarship Fund. Additional program support is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation, OPUBCO/Anschutz Foundation, and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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