50 Stories 50 Years: The Oklahoma Arts Institute
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Since the summer of 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain has been bringing luminary artists like America’s first Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief, Emeritus U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and the nation’s first female orchestra conductor Judith Somogi to its statewide arts education programs.
And with nearly 40 years of consistent support for the Summer and Fall Institutes, the Oklahoma Arts Council has been a major partner in providing Oklahomans life-changing opportunities to study with the nation’s finest artists.
Founded in 1977 by then-Governor David Boren and other leading arts supporters, the Oklahoma Arts Institute is a statewide nonprofit organization that holds two major programs each year at Quartz Mountain: The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for talented high school students and the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute for adult artists and educators.
Designated “Oklahoma’s Official School of the Arts” in 1991 by a joint resolution of the Oklahoma legislature, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has a strong and long-lasting relationship with the State of Oklahoma and, in particular, the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Since its auspicious beginnings, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has drawn winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards to serve as Arts Institute faculty. The artists form mentorships and forge crucial networking connections with Oklahoma students, artists, and teachers.
Both the Summer and Fall Institutes are held at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center in southwestern Oklahoma where attendees have access to state-of-the-art facilities to accompany their illustrious instructors.
As OAI celebrates its 40th Summer Arts Institute in 2016 and reflects on its rich history, there is no doubt that the Oklahoma Arts Council has played a key role in its success and by extension the success of its many talented alumni.
This story celebrates 50 years of the Oklahoma Arts Council and how the state’s investments have positive ripple effects on communities across Oklahoma. See other stories or follow this link for more information.