The Oklahoma Arts Institute (OAI) launched their two week fund drive on Thursday, April 24, at the new NBC Wigwam gallery for Altus students attending the 2014 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Lodge.
Two Altus students, and their alternates, prepared donation letters seeking sponsors within the community to help fund the workshop. The letters are written by students and Board Members thanking past sponsors of the summer program and asking for support again this year.
After being introduced as this year’s accepted students, Madison Morrow (Choral Music, Alto) of Altus, followed by Bailey Pelletier (Choral Music, Alto) of Blair, performed vocal pieces for a captive audience of about 30 people at the Wigwam. Pelletier will be attending for her fourth year in a row. Accepted students receive over $2,500 in scholarship money.
Selected alternates are Sela Park (Orchestra, Viola) Altus, and Julia Pelletier (Choral Music, Alto) of Blair.
OAI President Julie Cohen stated that Altus typically raises $20,000 to $25,000 each year and is one of the biggest financial supporters in the State.
“This community has been so supportive of our program over the years,” Cohen said.
More than 1000 applicants throughout Oklahoma compete each year. Only 270 are accepted based upon their audition scores. The program offers nine disciplines from choir to creative writing.
Cohen explained that while at Quartz Mountain students will study at a college level with faculty members from around the country in their set discipline, as well as attend evening performances lectures and demonstrations of other disciplines.
“So we are both trying to train future artists but also arts appreciators so that they go back and support the arts in their communities,” said Cohen.
Visit www.oaiquartz.org to view the performance schedule open to the public.