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Chickasaw Arts Academy

2020 Camps, Clinics and Academies Canceled

In this time of an unprecedented health crisis, we are continuing to monitor the spread and effects of the coronavirus. The health and safety of Chickasaws, employees and our community is always our top priority. As this virus has spread to communities across Oklahoma, we are working diligently to make our facilities safe for all. The best way to limit exposure and contain the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid situations where people are gathered and for all to remain safe at home.

To continue to protect our youth, families and staff, all 2020 Chickasaw Nation camps, clinics and academies have been canceled.

Our executive department is continuously monitoring this unprecedented situation. Programs and services will be modified also as needed to safely serve our citizens. Visit for the most current information regarding closings, cancellations and program changes.

This unique academy emphasizes Chickasaw and other Southeastern Native American cultures and tribal aesthetics through the fine and performing arts. Students are immersed in an exploration of various artistic fields, career preparatory programming and student-oriented skill development.

Tailored for aspiring artists, participants are presented opportunities in:

  • 2-D drawing
  • 2-D painting
  • 3-D metalsmithing
  • Costume design
  • Culinary
  • Dance
  • Digital art
  • Fashion design
  • Music industry
  • Musical theater
  • On-camera acting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Technical theater
  • Traditional acting
  • Traditional pottery
  • Video production
  • Vocal music
  • Other subjects

All arts academy sessions take place at East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma.

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

2020 Summer Session

Students are divided into the following programs to accommodate specific ages and skill levels:

Starting Arts Rotation (STAR) (Ages 8-10) and Intermediate (Ages 11-13)

Orientation for students, parents and faculty, June 13
Classes, June 15-26, excluding weekends

The two-week experience will culminate with an arts gala highlighting student work and a performing arts showcase on Friday, June 26, at ECU.

Housing will be provided for 12- to 13-year-old students who live outside of Ada, Oklahoma.

Majors (Ages 14*-18)

Orientation for students, parents and faculty, July 11
Musical theater auditions, July 11
Classes, July 13-24

The summer session will conclude July 24 with an arts gala to display various visual art pieces and culinary creations and a showcase incorporating all of the performing arts disciplines into a final production at ECU.

* To attend the majors academy, students must be age 14 by July 11.

You Provide

  • Completed application
  • Read and review all policies and agreements carefully. Arts academy policies are located on this page for your convenience.
  • Resumes, portfolios and report cards are not required.
  • Once students are accepted into the program the following items must be completed and returned by May 15, 2020 to complete the application process and confirm the student’s attendance:
    • Consent form
  • To best serve the needs of our students, please disclose any pertinent developmental and/or behavioral conditions so that accommodations or arrangements can be made prior to academy.


  • Chickasaw citizen or dependent of a Chickasaw citizen
  • Applicants of the STAR and intermediate programs must be between the ages of 8-13 by the April 15 application deadline.
  • To participate in the majors program applicants must be age 14 by the beginning of the summer session, July 11, 2020.
  • 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.

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

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(580) 272-5520



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

(580) 272-5520