Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tyler Ray, OSAI 2012
Please join us for
the Oklahoma Arts Institute's
Tour de Quartz Reception

Gilcrease Museum
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK 74127
Sunday, September 30th
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Please join us Sunday, September 30 for a come-and-go reception honoring the talented 2012 OSAI printmaking and photography students! Enjoy light refreshments, tour the gallery, and visit with OAI students, board members, and supporters. The reception is free and open to the public. If you can't make it to the reception, the Tour de Quartz is on display at the Gilcrease now through October 7. Click here for more information about the Tour de Quartz.
The Tour de Quartz is sponsored by:


New OAI Staff Members: Meet Michelle

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is pleased to welcome three new people to our permanent staff!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll profile new staff members Michelle Moseley (Development Specialist & Grantwriter), Bobby Lee (PR & Programs Specialist), and Chantry Banks (Executive Assistant & Office Manager).  All three have significant backgrounds in the arts and will bring a variety of valuable skills to the permanent staff. 

Today, let’s meet Michelle.  Michelle received her BFA in studio art and a master’s in education with an emphasis in art from the University of Central Oklahoma.  She’s currently pursuing a master’s in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma.  Michelle loves modern and contemporary art, and in her own work, she focuses on painting and photography.

Michelle spent a year at the St. Louis Art Museum as a Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow, and then served as a Museum Educator in the programming department at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, where she oversaw all education and public programming for the museum.

Michelle and her husband Ambre recently returned to Oklahoma City, where they live with their dog, a Pomeranian named Ali.  In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with family. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Poetry Workshop with George Bilgere!

Join award-winning poet George Bilgere for a weekend retreat in poetry at Quartz Mountain!  Held October 11 – 14, you’ll renew your creativity while connecting with other artists and enjoying the beautiful Quartz Mountain resort in autumn.  New this year, Oklahoma college educators receive 50% off the price of tuition, and members of Oklahoma writers’ groups receive 20% off!

Whether you are a beginning poet or have written and published poems for years, you will enjoy George’s workshop. The Pushcart Prize-winner will help you become a better reader and writer of poetry. And if you happen to be a teacher, you’ll learn practices and techniques that will help you teach and present poetry more effectively in the classroom. You’ll write poems based on specific assignments each day. The poems will then be discussed in a friendly workshop environment. We will talk about what works well in your poems and what strategies might help make your work stronger. We’ll also read poems from a variety of modern and contemporary poets. At the end of the course, you will be a better writer and teacher of poetry, and you’ll also have a larger sense of the contemporary American poetry scene.

Oklahoma college and university educators can attend for a total cost of $315.50, and members of writers’ groups can attend for $490. This price includes all meals and lodging in a shared room. Private rooms can be reserved for an additional $100. More information and online registration is available at:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Full Scholarships Still Available
Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain 

Searching for creative ideas to enrich your classroom, energize your students, and enhance learning?  Then join us at the beautiful Quartz Mountain resort for a four-day workshop that will recharge your teaching and give you new skills, lesson plans, and ideas!  

Public school teachers can receive full scholarships for the workshop “Special Needs: Making Music – Links to Learning,” held November 1 – 4. You’ll explore a variety of traditional songs, chants, and singing games and build simple homemade musical instruments from natural or recycled materials.  Everything you do will be engaging and fun and can be used to promote learning for students of all abilities.  No musical experience is required!  Taught by Deborah Stuart and Will Cabell from New Hampshire, the workshop will fulfill 18 hours of professional development credit.

Scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and private donors.  All meals and lodging are included with tuition.  More information and online registration is available at: