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Chickasaw Arts Academy

Summer Session

Ages 8-18

Intermediate & Major Level Students (ages 12-18), July 12 – 27, 2019

Starting Arts Rotation Students (ages 8 – 11), July 15 – 26, 2019

Intermediate & Major Level Students: Oklahoma University, Norman, Oklahoma
Starting Arts Rotation Level Students: East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is an intensive exploration of the various artistic fields, career preparatory programming and student oriented skill development.

Intermediate and Major Level students will begin the summer session (7/12/2019) and conclude on (7/27/2019). An arts gala and showcase, highlighting student work, will culminate the two-week experience on Saturday, July 27th at Oklahoma University. Students accepted into the Intermediate and Major Levels will be required to stay on campus at Oklahoma University as residential students. The Starting Arts Rotation and Intermediate and Major Level galas are public opening receptions that display various visual art pieces, musical compositions and culinary creations. The Starting Arts Rotation, Intermediate, and Major Level showcases are performing arts events that incorporate all of the performing arts disciplines into a final production.

Participants gain experience in 2-D painting, 2-D drawing, 3-D ceramics, 3-D metalsmithing, musical theater, dance, vocal music, traditional acting, music industry, on-camera acting, instrumental music, music composition, photography, theater technology, video production, fashion design, costume design, technical theatre, special effects and makeup, digital art, printmaking, and other subjects. Students are divided into various levels to accommodate specific ages and skills. The academy emphasizes Chickasaw, other Southeastern Indian cultures and other tribal aesthetics through the fine and performing arts.

To apply for the arts academy students must complete the initial general application located on the academy service page. Once students are accepted into the program a secondary application will be sent out along with a student handbook and consent form that must be completed and sent in by May 15th to complete the application process and confirm the student’s attendance for the academy. No resumes, portfolios, report cards, or additional documentation is required.

*Attending the summer session of the academy is a prerequisite for the fall session, spring session, and any additional sessions of the Chickasaw Arts Academy.

For more information, contact the arts and humanities division at (580) 272-5520 or email

Application deadline: April 15

You Provide

  • Completed application
  • Completed consent form
  • Please read and review all policies and agreements carefully. (Arts academy policies are located on this page for your convenience.)


  • Chickasaw preference
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 8-18 by the April 15 application deadline.
  • If accepted, students must be willing to commit to the entire length of the session.
  • Students should have appropriate communication skills respective to their age, based on standard educational training.

Online Applications

Service Area


This service is available both inside and outside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries

Contact Information

(580) 272-5520



Arts & Humanities (Abney)
201 N. Broadway
Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 272-5520