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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

“As a first-year teacher and first-time attendee at OFAI, I had a fantastic time,” said Bryan Grigsby, visual arts teacher at Dove Science Academy. “This weekend really boosted my confidence, and presented me with new ideas and challenges that I am eager to explore.”

This summer, Oklahoma high school students can study with the nation's top artists at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, June 15-30. Auditions begin in January at locations across the state, and all accepted students automatically receive a full scholarship to the program, worth more than $3,000.

Annina Collier is director of public relations and outreach for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.


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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