The Pryor Times

December 14, 2012

Students should apply now for Quartz Mountain

PRYOR — OKLAHOMA CITY  — The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI) is currently accepting online applications and scheduling auditions for the state’s premier arts academy for high school students.  Held June 15 – 30, the program is taught by nationally renowned artists and offers instruction in acting, creative writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing/painting, photography, and film/video. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program, worth over $3,000.  Auditions begin in January at locations across the state, with scheduling available at

OSAI students are taught by award-winning faculty from across the U.S.   Former OSAI faculty members have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.  This year's faculty includes former New York City Ballet dancer Brian Reeder and New York-based photographer Troy Word.  Word has photographed world leaders and celebrities including President Obama, former President George W. Bush, Heidi Klum, and Matt Damon.  A native of Bartlesville , Okla. , Word is an alumnus of OSAI.

Olivia McGraw, a homeschooled student from Jenks, has attended OSAI three times. “The experiences I have had at Quartz Mountain have been exhilarating and life-changing,” McGraw said.  “The instructors there are so knowledgeable and have been able to teach me so many new methods and ideas in such a short amount of time.”

To attend OSAI, applicants must be enrolled in an Oklahoma public school, private school, or home-school program and must be at least 15 years old by September 1, 2013.  Graduating seniors are eligible.  For more information about OSAI, including audition requirements and audition scheduling, visit

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.