The Pryor Times

April 16, 2013

Pryor students accepted to summer arts institute

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

CHOUTEAU, OK — Pryor Times

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Pryor High School students have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), a prestigious arts academy held in June in southwestern Oklahoma.  Ricky Wilson was accepted to the chorus program, and Ashtin Johnson was selected for the orchestra.

The Pryor students were among 271 students selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants.  In conjunction with acceptance, attending students receive full scholarships to the program worth over $3,000 each.  Scholarships and program funding are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and various foundations, corporations and individuals.

OSAI, held June 15 - 30, provides training with award-winning artists in nine areas of the literary, visual, and performing arts.  OSAI faculty artists have included winners of the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.  This year's faculty includes Dean Irby, the former acting coach for the hit television series “The Cosby Show.”

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.