Summer arts program seeks funding

By Mary O. Esparza - [email protected]

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute or OSAI held an Altus community fundraising drive Tuesday evening at the Wigwam Gallery, hosted by NBC Oklahoma Bank.

June 2016 is the celebration of the 40th OSAI and it is one of the most intensive and high-quality arts education experiences available to high school students nationwide. All accepted students attend on full scholarships. The program reaches over 50,000 public schools students across Oklahoma through teachers’ participation.

“The fundraising drive supports the OSAI, which is held nearby Quartz Mountain and assures the students continue to have the nation’s finest arts education experience,” said Nancy Cox of Altus.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute or OAI and the OAI Foundation are launching a $6 million campaign, broken up into the three categories of endowment, Quartz Mountain facilities and program needs, each with a variety of purposes:

  • The endowment helps finance the student scholarships, educator scholarships attending OSAI, faculty chairpersons, program funds and guest artist funds.
  • Quartz Mountain facilities include improvements to a new studio pavilion, renovations to existing studio pavilions, as well as updates to the Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center and repairs to the Great Plains Amphitheatre.
  • Program needs include faculty and guest artists, classroom equipment, digital archiving of OAI’s historical photos, videos and publications along with public relations for the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Southwest Oklahoma students attending in 2016, include Julia Pelletier for choral music (alto), from Blair, along with alternate students from Altus, Asher Shoopman for orchestra (trombone) and Kristin Valerio for choral music (soprano).

OSAI students are scheduled to arrive June 11. The OSAI first-scheduled public performances and presentations begin 7 p.m. June 17 at the Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center.

By Mary O. Esparza

[email protected]

Reach Mary O. Esparza, 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza, 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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