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 17, junior at Crossings Christian School
Discipline: Creative Writing, 2nd year
Q: Why did you want to attend OSAI this year?
A: I wanted to attend OSAI because I went last year. I love being able to submerse myself in the arts, and the atmosphere is perfect for artistic development.
Q: What do you plan on gaining from this experience?
A: Last year, I learned and grew so much in my art, and I picked up techniques from the other artists staying at Quartz Mountain. This year, I hope to learn and thrive even more.
Q: What are you looking forward to at OSAI?
A: I’m looking forward to seeing and climbing the mountains again! Out of everything at Quartz Mountain, I have most missed the nature and the mountains. There is something spectacular about being surrounded on all sides by the Quartz Mountain.
Q: As an artist, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In 10 years, I see myself with several books published (hopefully), and I’d like to be on my way to winning several book awards. I have high expectations for myself and my art in the future.
Q: What got you started in the arts?
A: In elementary and middle school, I would play “imagination games” with my friends. As I got older, I wanted to remember what it was like to play these games, so I started writing them down. From there, writing became my passion.