Native American actors across Oklahoma and the nation are preparing to begin rehearsals for the world premiere of Te Ata. The groundbreaking production, set to debut in August, showcases the life of world-renowned storyteller and actress Te Ata Thompson Fisher (1895-1995); cast members represent tribal nations across the country.
Playwright and acting artistic director JudyLee Oliva (Chickasaw) sees the world premiere as a unique opportunity for Native American performers by offering the rare chance to display their talents as actors, musicians and singers.
In a historical first, the Rapp Foundation of Oklahoma City recently created a $25,000 endowment for music scholarships at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The first scholarship generated from the gift has been awarded to music junior Gina Curtis of Chickasha.
Curtis is a vocal music education major at USAO. A non-traditional student with three children, Curtis came to USAO in 2004 to complete a bachelor of arts degree in music. By becoming an elementary school teacher, she hopes to introduce music into the lives of young children.
CHICKASHA -- International artist Archie Held synthesizes Oklahoma’s natural fauna and native culture in a new sculpture to be unveiled this fall at the University of Science and Arts.
Oklahoma’s public liberal arts college has teamed up with the new Office of Oklahoma Art in Public Places to bring new art to the state. After a search that produced submissions from 82 artists around the world, USAO announces Archie Held as the winner.
Artscope – Chickasha’s creative summer camp for children – is quickly approaching. A unique summer arts day camp for children ages 8-12, Artscope will be held on the University of Science and Arts campus June 12-23.
Tuition is $150 per child, and a limited number of spaces and scholarships are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The original scholarship deadline of April 30 has been extended until all scholarships have been given out.
“USAO has always and will always attract the brightest minds,” said Dr. Sanders Huguenin to a record-breaking crowd of 1,600 at the University of Science and Arts spring commencement. On Friday night, Huguenin, vice president of academic affairs, addressed the audience during the university’s first outdoor commencement in nearly 50 years. His message was one of student achievement. (read full Huguenin address here)