Oklahoma Arts Institute
111 N.W. 9th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain
Mission Statement To provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.
Contact Information
Contact Name Julie Cohen
Contact email oai@oaiquartz.org
Address 111 N.W. 9th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 605-7500
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://oaiquartz.org/donate
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/oai/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Cash Gifts
A gift of cash is the simplest method of supporting the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Checks should be made payable to "Oklahoma Arts Institute" and mailed to: 111 NW 9th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Vehicle Donation Program
Looking to get rid of an old vehicle? The Oklahoma Arts Institute has partnered with V-DAC (Vehicle Donations to Any Charity) to provide an easy, tax-deductible way for you to turn your old car, truck, boat, or RV into a cash donation benefiting the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Whether the vehicle is running or not, V-DAC will pick up your vehicle from anywhere in the country and take care of the details at no cost to you or the Arts Institute. Go to www.v-dac.com to learn more or click here to begin the donation process!

Named Endowment Funds/Memorials/Honors
Donors may establish a named endowment fund to honor a loved one, friend, or mentor. Only the interest generated by the investment of principal is used to support programs.

Stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit and other securities may be donated to the Oklahoma Arts Institute. The policy of the Institute's Board of Directors is to immediately liquidate securities upon receipt.

Gifts of Property
The Oklahoma Arts Institute will accept gifts of real or personal property, though all gifts are subject to approval by the Institute's Board of Directors.

Deferred or Planned Giving
The Oklahoma Arts Institute is often named beneficiary in the wills or living trusts of Institute alumni and friends. The donor may elect to leave all or part of an estate to benefit the Institute.

Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,410,464.00
Projected Expenses $1,456,464.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Dec 2020
Mission To provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts.
The Oklahoma Arts Institute (OAI) was established in 1977 to provide fine arts training to Oklahoma’s talented high school students at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI). World-class artists come to Quartz Mountain each June to teach and mentor nearly 300 gifted young Oklahoma artists. OSAI offers classes in acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing & painting, film & video, orchestra, and photography. Through a competitive audition process in various cities throughout Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Arts Institute selects students ages 14 – 18 to attend the summer program.
Inspired by the success of their students attending the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Oklahoma educators and community artists suggested a similar program designed for adults. In 1983, OAI established the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI), a series of weekend workshops for adults in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In October, nationally renowned faculty artists provide intensive arts study for adults who wish to continue their educational and personal enrichment. The largest audience served by OFAI consists of Oklahoma public school educators, who take the skills they learn back to their classrooms and share new techniques with students and peers. Over 50,000 PK-12 students benefit indirectly through their teachers’ participation in OFAI.
Tour de Quartz is an outreach program that serves local communities and the entire state by showcasing student artwork in Oklahoma's finest galleries and museums. Tour de Quartz celebrates Oklahoma’s artistic talent, raises awareness about OAI and its programs, and helps develop arts audiences in many communities. All artists, parents, supporters, and members of surrounding communities are encouraged to attend the annual state tours of OSAI student art exhibitions.
The Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, has been home to the programs of the Oklahoma Arts Institute since 1978. Chosen for its natural beauty and its ability to be secured, Quartz Mountain is an ancient and honorable site, rich in Native American culture. Offering the rare combination of exceptional facilities and magnificent natural surroundings, Quartz Mountain is the ideal setting for the study of the arts. The Arts Institute has a 50-year lease with the State of Oklahoma for use of the conference center.
Impact Vision Statement: Achievement of vibrant arts communities which enhance the cultural landscape and enrich the lives of all Oklahomans.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a statewide organization, serving residents of Oklahoma.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts Schools
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts & Culture
The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive two-week residential academy for serious, disciplined and motivated high school students ages 14 – 18. Students are selected through a competitive, statewide audition process to study with nationally renowned artists in the fields of acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing & painting, film & video, orchestra, and photography. The program’s multidisciplinary structure sets the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute apart from other arts programs in the nation. In addition to studying a chosen field for at least six hours a day, students are exposed to a rich variety of art forms and learning experiences. Students and faculty attend and participate in performances, faculty lectures, gallery openings, poetry readings, and other arts-related activities. The talent and creativity of students and faculty, combined with the mystique of Quartz Mountain, create a powerful synergy.
Statewide auditions for the summer program take place each January and February. Every year, nearly 1,000 Oklahoma students audition in various cities across the state in hopes of being one of only 270 students chosen to attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Description The Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI) was established in 1983 in response to requests from educators across the state for continuing education of the same high caliber as the summer program. OFAI consists of a series of intense, hands-on weekend workshops in the visual, literary, and performing arts for adults, most of whom are public school educators. Participants enhance their own artistic and professional skills and broaden their intellectual horizons, providing a wonderful resource for their students by enriching the classroom learning experience. They return to their communities eager to share what they have learned. Based on participant evaluations, it is estimated that OAI indirectly serves over 50,000 PK-12 students each year through their teachers’ participation in OFAI!
Population Served Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Julie Cohen
Start Date Feb 2007
Email jcohen@oaiquartz.org
Senior Staff
Emily ClaudéVice-President and Director of Programs
Shana GibelyouDirector of Development
Number of Full-time Staff 8
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 100
Number of Volunteers 130
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2018
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Each year, the Oklahoma Arts Institute collaborates with the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence to provide musicians for OFE's annual televised academic awards banquet.
Joint Legislative Resolution designating OAI "Oklahoma's Official School of the Arts"State of Oklahoma1991
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award in Arts and HumanitiesOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2009
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award in EducationOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2011
Governor Proclamation designating June 18, 2016, as "Oklahoma Arts Institute Day"State of Oklahoma2016
Risk Management Provisions
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Commercial General Liability
Professional Liability
Automobile Insurance
Fine Arts and Collectibles
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Medical Health Insurance
Life Insurance
General Property Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Please Note:  Of the 100 contract staff members listed above, 99 are temporary positions for OAI's summer and fall programs.  Such positions include faculty, counselors, and tech crew for approximately three weeks in the summer (78 people) or four days in the fall (21 people).  Only OAI's accountant is on a year-round contract.
Board Chair
Name Mr. Brad Zerger
Company Affiliation BancFirst
Term Jan 2020 to Dec 2022
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
Robert BabcockOklahoma Natural GasVoting
Sandy CottonCotton ConsultingVoting
Jezy GrayOklahoma ContemporaryVoting
Lisa GreenleeCommunity VolunteerVoting
Clark HueyDistrict Court of Jackson CountyVoting
Stephen JamesOnCue ExpressVoting
John KoonsOGEVoting
Susan McCarthyWells Fargo Advisors (retired)Voting
Mari MedleyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Leah PappanNewkirk Public Schools (retired)Voting
Anne RobertsOklahoma Center for NonprofitsVoting
Amy SergentCommunity VolunteerVoting
Don SicklesUBS Financial Services, Inc.Voting
Brad ZergerBancFirstVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 21 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,410,464
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,456,464
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,349,354$1,244,200$1,545,390
Total Expenses$1,372,049$1,313,347$2,394,342
Revenue Less Expenses($22,695)($69,147)($848,952)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$221,500$153,704$251,446
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,844$4,033$3,400
Unrealized Gain/Loss($3,153)$5,905--
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$17,007
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,176,740$1,092,025$2,148,002
Administration Expense$89,925$82,632$87,959
Fundraising Expense$105,384$138,690$158,381
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.950.65
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%83%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%22%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,620,379$2,659,114$2,743,353
Current Assets$883,576$856,941$447,870
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$73,735$89,775$60,659
Total Net Assets$2,546,644$2,569,339$2,682,694
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.989.557.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $619,611Contributions $619,391Contributions $827,534
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $343,257Indirect Public Support $326,424Indirect Public Support $311,070
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - State $221,500Govt - State $153,704Govt - State $251,446
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Please Note:
1) The endowment value listed includes funds held at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation ($280,705 as of 6/30/19), as well as an endowment fund held by a supporting organization, the Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation ($8,839,237 as of 12/31/19).
2) A deficit was purposely budgeted for 2020 (see projected revenue and expenses). This shortfall will be covered by a grant made in the prior year.
3) Our audits are combined with the Oklahoma Arts Institute Foundation, a supporting organization of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note 1: In fiscal year 2017, the Form 990's total assets from the prior fiscal year was $2,699,145 or $44,208 less than what was presented on the 2016 Form 990. We did not adjust the total assets on GSO website. Therefore, their net assets does not roll-forward properly from 2016 and 2017.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 111 N.W. 9th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 605-7500 0
Contact Email oai@oaiquartz.org
Give with Credit Card https://oaiquartz.org/donate
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/oai/
CEO/Executive Director Julie Cohen
Board Chair Mr. Brad Zerger
Board Chair Company Affiliation BancFirst