The Edmond Sun

June 28, 2013

6-29 Quartz Mountain

Edmond Students Q&A


Special to The Sun

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:



Addison Lewis

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.



Alison Liu

Age 17, senior at Edmond North High School

Discipline: Creative Writing, 3rd year



Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?

A: I want to attend OSAI because I have found it to be a significant part in my development as a writer and artist and hope to continue growing with the help of extremely talented peers and under the excellent guidance of the staff there.

Q: What do you plan on gaining from this experience?

A: I plan on learning as much as I can from my peers nd teacher, and adding the countless memories I have from Quartz Mountain.

Q: What are you looking forward to at OSAI?

A: I’m looking forward to hiking every morning and watching the sunrise from the Twin Peaks, trying ballroom dancing for the first time and learning as much as I can from poet Sherwin Bitsui.

Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I actually want to double major in creative writing and something else, so hopefully in 10 years I’ll still be writing either as a career or hobby.

Q: What got you started in the arts?

A: I used to write prose, but it was really California Poet Laureate Al Young who introduced me to poetry at Quartz in 2010.



Aubrie Bowlan

Age 17, senior at Edmond North High School

Discipline: Chorus, 1st year



Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?

A: I have always heard that it is a great experience for students wanting to refine their skills, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the distinguished individuals who are going to be at the institute.

Q: What do you plan on gaining from this experience?

A: While working on my musical abilities is important to me, I’m also excited about getting to know my fellow artists I haven’t had the chance to work with yet.

Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I plan on majoring in music education and moving forward to teach choir and private voice lessons. I want to be able to help young artists realize their potential as all of my mentors have with me.

Q: What got you started in the arts?

A: If I had to pick a certain experience, I would probably have to choose my grandmother influencing me with all her musical ability; from singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at bedtime to watching her perform in the local theatre, I was inspired by her talent and perseverance.