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Enrollment open for arts workshops at Quartz Mountain

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Quartz Mountain State Park & Lodge, which offers amenities and comforts of a fine hotel inside a scenic state park, is said to be an ideal location for arts immersion. The Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute is an all-inclusive experience, with all meals and lodging included with tuition. (Courtesy photo)

Educators in Oklahoma – especially those involved in the arts – may want to get involved in the 2022 Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute, an all-inclusive workshop retreat held at the Quartz Mountain State Park & Lodge in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma.

The OFAI, slated for October, will offer adult artists and Oklahoma educators the opportunity to participate in workshops in visual, literary and performing arts. Many will be designed specifically for those seeking continuing education to enhance their classroom environment through the arts.

According to a release, workshops will be taught by nationally renowned artists and are offered for all skill levels – from beginners to professional artists.

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Participants can choose from workshops in writing, digital journalism, photography, cookie artistry, painting, printmaking, ceramics and more. Enrollment will begin Aug. 10.

Three-night retreats will be held Oct. 6-9, Oct. 13-16 and Oct. 20-23, with discounts available for private-school educators, OFAI alumni, college students and others. Public school educators seeking full scholarships can enroll beginning Aug. 17.

“OFAI is by far the most interactive, wholesome professional development I’ve attended,” said Mounds Elementary School teacher Kay’Lee Maddox of Sapulpa, who participated in last year’s OFAI. “I am a fairly new teacher and I have learned so much about how to make my lessons more interesting and well-developed for my students, especially when aiming to contain an arts element in each of my core lessons.
”The strategies I learned will be extremely beneficial when preparing my students to take their grade level tests. Beautiful scenery with amazing content on top of a full scholarship for public educators!”

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According to the release, this year’s faculty will include Suzi Pond, an award-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller. Pond spent years serving as Chief Storyteller at United Way of Greater Portland, creating audio and video stories aimed at engaging the community. She since has started two multimedia storytelling companies. Participants in her workshop, Introduction to Audio Storytelling, will learn technological and methodological basics in creating compelling stories including how to identify, capture and structure a story.

Other intensives this fall will include workshops such as Visual Arts in the Special Education Classroom with Art Spark Texas, Ceramics: Focus on the Face with Misty Gamble and printmaking workshop High Rolling Monoprints: The Layered Image with Heinrich Toh. OFAI also will offer workshops designed specifically for educators, including courses in elementary music and musical theatre.

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In addition to learning about their chosen art form, participants may attend presentations by faculty artists in a variety of artistic disciplines. In the evenings, they can take advantage of open studio time, attend an elective activity or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful Quartz Mountain environment. Participating educators receive 18 hours of professional development credit.

Quartz Mountain State Park & Lodge, which offers the amenities and comforts of a fine hotel inside a scenic state park, is said to be an ideal location for arts immersion. Participants will enjoy the many features and facility upgrades from the recent renovations. OFAI is an all-inclusive experience, with all meals and lodging included with tuition.

Scholarships and workshop spaces will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Enrollment must be completed online at https://oaiquartz.org/OFAI/enroll. Enrollment can be completed anytime up until the workshop begins, as long as space is available.

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