EDMOND — The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain annually offers an arts education experience like no other program for youth in the state. High school age students audition and apply for one of the coveted spots for an intensive arts academy experience led by nationally known instructors. Instructors have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. The private, nonprofit organization has offered multidisciplinary arts experiences to students since 1978 at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf. The two-week residential academy immerses students in the study of their chosen field of visual, literary or performing arts. This summer 49 youth from the Edmond area were invited to attend. Read a little about each student in this ongoing feature:
Age 18, graduate attending Columbia College in the fall
Discipline: Acting, 2nd year
Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?
A: Quartz is such a positive experience where everyone is exposed to so much creativity, support and motivation from all around. It’s the most wonderful time to grow, not only as an artist, but as a person.
Q: What do you plan on gaining from this experience?
A: Definitely a greater knowledge of the craft. I love when a director exposes me to a new way of approaching a scene or a specific character. Also, I firmly believe that an actor is never done learning, and I look forward to this fantastic learning experience.
Q: What are you looking forward to at OSAI?
A: Meeting new and lifelong friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of my craft and the other disciplines I will be surrounded by. I will never forget my first year at Quartz, and I look so forward to another year of amazing people, performances and experiences.
Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Hopefully still acting. I really just wish for happiness, and the means to pay my bills. Acting definitely fulfills the happiness aspect and, ideally, it will also be paying the bills!
Q: What got you started in the arts?
A: My family has always encouraged creativity through art and, somehow along the way, I just found my niche in acting. And, it’s probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me.