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Auditions for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to be held across state


January 22, 2023

"Tucker" by Hannah Gregory is part of the "Tour de Quartz" exhibit for 2022.

OKLAHOMA CITY- High school actors, singers, writers, dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and photographers are invited to apply and audition for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), Oklahoma's one-of-a-kind arts education program. While visual and literary arts disciplines will submit their auditions online, in-person auditions for chorus and orchestra will take place at more than 20 locations across the state.

Interested students must first submit an online application and may schedule an audition, if applicable. Learn more and apply by visiting

The program will take place June 10-25 at Quartz Mountain State Park & Lodge. As Oklahoma's Official School for the Arts, every student accepted to OSAI receives a full scholarship to attend.

Selected visual work by students who participated in the 2022 institute is displayed currently at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. The traveling "Tour de Quartz" exhibit appears in communities around the state each year.

Widely known as Oklahoma's premier opportunity for aspiring artists, the Institute provides an experience far beyond that of an ordinary summer arts program. Renowned teaching artists from across the country travel to Quartz Mountain, where they provide advanced, collegiate-level training and mentorship to the students in one of eight artistic disciplines: acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing & painting, film & video, orchestra or photography. Its multidisciplinary structure sets the Institute apart, allowing students both intense study in their chosen discipline and new exposure to unfamiliar art forms.

Although the cost of a program of this magnitude is steep, every student accepted to the Institute receives a full scholarship to attend. The Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous private foundations and individuals underwrite the program costs to ensure that OSAI is within reach for all of Oklahoma's most talented young artists.


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