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Oklahoma City educators study at Quartz Mountain

The fall arts institute in southwest Oklahoma provides weekend retreats and studies with master artists.
BY ANNINA COLLIER Published: November 17, 2012

This fall, 35 Oklahoma City educators journeyed to Quartz Mountain for a weekend of intensive artistic study at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

This series of weekend retreats for adults is taught by master artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. The educators received full scholarships to the program.

OFAI gives Oklahomans a chance to study with nationally renowned artists without traveling far from home. Beginners and professional artists alike can find workshops that fit their expertise and interests in a variety of classes, including painting, photography, printmaking, writing, dancing, theater, and arts integration.

The program is held at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in southwest Oklahoma.

“This environment fosters networking and creative growth, both equally important to maintain enthusiasm in the classroom,” said Betty Blackburn, a drama teacher. “My experience can be multiplied by 125, since each of my students will benefit from the lessons and material I will share.”

Oklahoma public school educators automatically receive full scholarships including tuition, room and board. They were sponsored by the Oklahoma state Department of Education, Albers Family Fund, Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation and Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, with additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute participants

Putnam Heights Elementary Kellie Nelson

OKCPS Artist-in-Residence Christina Pickard

Oklahoma City Public Schools — Kyla Kaufman

Arthur Elementary — Andrea McMillan

Bodine Elementary — Cynthia Gillion

Centennial High School — Michael Hocking

Classen School of Advanced Studies — Rebecca Collins, Tony Dyke

Columbus Enterprise School Jeffrey Shelby

Crooked Oak High School — Lisa Taulman

Dove Science Academy — Bryan Grigsby

Earlywine Elementary — Aimee Edwards

Edwards Elementary — Yoly Acosta German

Fairview Elementary — Katie Aldridge, Brenda Ryker

Harding Charter Preparatory High School — Conde Currat

Harding Fine Arts Academy — Jennifer Allman, Brenda Williams

Kingsgate Elementary — Tara Cargal

Mark Twain Elementary — Keren Beasley

Moore Public Schools — Donna Barnard, Teresa Potter, Brandy Sitts, Karyne Urquhart

Northridge Elementary — Adria Smith

Prairie Queen Elementary — Janie Orr

Red Oak Elementary — Shelly Apple

Sequoyah Elementary — Tammy Harbolt

Southeast High School — Betty Blackburn

Wayland Bonds Elementary — John Cargal

Webster Middle School — Susan Hurst

Wilson Elementary — Karolyn Corbett, Candice Pride

Winding Creek Elementary — Jennifer King, Lynn Manning


Oklahoma Arts Institute

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. More information is available at


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