CSAA is an intensive two-week academy that provides youth opportunities to gain experience in the artistic fields of acting, creative writing, dance, music composition, video production, photography, visual and vocal arts. The academy takes place on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Okla.
The Festival of the Arts celebration will showcase student works on the final day.
Students from age 8 through 12 will participate in the Fine Arts Rotation to enjoy a balanced and multi-disciplined approach to the arts through classes in visual arts, theatre, creative writing, dance and vocal music. Cultural enrichment in Chickasaw and southeast Native cultures enhances the Fine Arts Rotation subject matter.
Level Two students, ages 13 through 19, must audition from an expanded number of disciplines in one of two tracks: 1) a Major/Minor track in the disciplines of 2-D and 3-D visual arts, theatre performance, creative writing, dance and vocal music; or 2) an all day Major study track in music composition, photography, theatre technology, video production or textile design. Level Two students who live outside the Ada area are offered full-time residential stay on the campus of ECU during academy as space allows.
- Applicants must be age 8 at the deadline date, and must 19 or a high school senior on the deadline date.
- If accepted, students must be willing to commit to the full 11 days of the academy.
- Participants should have appropriate communication skills respective to age, based on standard educational training.
- Copy of tribal citizenship card or certificate (if applicable)
- Completed application, including: essay, resume, school or wallet-size photo and appropriate signed releases. Please read all policies and agreements carefully.
2013 Academy Dates:
Parents should plan to attend one of the two scheduled dates, April 4 or April 11, held at the Division of Arts and Humanities building, 201 North Broadway in Ada, Oklahoma.
- Level Two students are required to audition to be eligible for acceptance into the academy.
- Auditions will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center at East Central University in Ada.
- Auditions are competitive and will serve to assess student placement into an appropriate track. Students will be contacted with a scheduled audition time.
The division of arts and humanities is a division of the Chickasaw Nation, a federally recognized and sovereign Indian Nation. The division will provide scholarships to Chickasaw students accepted into the academy. Other Native American students and non-native students are welcome and encouraged to apply.
- Nonresidential Early Bird $125 per student; $50 for each additional family member
- After June 4, $150 per student; $65 for each additional family member
- Residential Early Bird $275 per student; $125 for each additional family member
- After June 4, $300 per student; $150 for each additional family member