LONE WOLF, Okla.—Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for two Miami-area students. They’ve earned spots at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), held June 15-30. The Miami students are studying with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. In conjunction with acceptance, Miami students received full scholarships to the program, worth over $2,500 each.
Miami High School student Charlotte Stout and recent Grove High School graduate Julie Linn are both studying modern dance at OSAI.
“I am so thankful that I was accepted and am able to attend this summer,” Linn said. “I am excited to learn from different teachers, and I know this program will help me become a much better dancer. It will help me further my dancing career.”
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, towns, 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.
“I’m very excited for OSAI this summer,” said Stout. “I can't wait to meet new friends and make connections that I will have all of my life. Dancing is my passion and I can't wait to meet others who share that passion.”
This is the program’s thirty-seventh 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 faculty includes A. Dean Irby from New York. Irby’s television credits include The Cosby Show and Another World, and he also served as the acting coach for The Cosby Show. Miami students work closely with faculty artists, and long-term mentorships often result.
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. Sandwiched between Lake Altus-Lugert and the rocky Quartz Mountains, the Arts & Conference Center boasts a 700-seat performing arts center, state-of-the-art studio pavilions, and more. Students and faculty gain inspiration from the beautiful natural setting.
Miami students were chosen to attend OSAI through competitive statewide auditions, with over 1,100 students auditioning for just 270 spots. In conjunction with acceptance, each student received a full scholarship to the program worth over $2,500. Miami students' scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Inasmuch Foundation, and Sarkeys Foundation Scholars Fund, 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, Fri., June 28 and Sat., June 29. 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.