Chickasaw Arts Academy

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is an intensive set of sessions throughout the year that provide youth the opportunity to gain experience in several artistic fields.

The summer session is organized into separate tracks determined by the student’s age and experience as defined through skill assessments. The tracks offered for the summer session are: fine arts rotation, intermediate, minor and major levels.

The summer session takes place for two weeks on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, during July. The summer session runs daily from 8a.m.-5p.m. and will feature a gallery walk on the last Friday evening and a showcase on the final Saturday morning. This allows us to celebrate the student works that were created while attending the academy.

All of the students in the program receive special cultural enrichment in Chickasaw and Southeast Native American cultures.

  • Fine arts rotation - ages 8-10
  • Intermediate level - ages 11-13
  • Minor level - age 14 (required to attend)
  • Major level track is designed for students ages 15-18 and is a more intense study yof the various artistic fields.  The concentrations for study include: creative writing, textiles, dance, video production, theatre tech, theatre performance, 3D art, 2D art, vocal music, music composition and photography.

Upcoming Events:

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018

multi-day event

You Provide:

  • Copy of tribal citizenship card or certificate (if applicable).
  • Completed application, medical form and official signed release.
  • Please read and review all of the policies and agreements carefully.


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 8-18 by April 15th.
  • 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.

Other Information:

  • Applicants for the major level are required to attend a skill assessment in order to be eligible for acceptance into the academy. Those who are unable to attend the assessment will be asked to provide a DVD or flash drive containing a portfolio of their work for assessment. Students who were Majors the previous year and are staying in the same major are not required to attend the assessment.
  • Students under 14 are not eligible for the major level track.

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Service Area


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

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Contact Information

(580) 272-5520

(580) 272-5525

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821


Arts & Humanities (Abney)

201 N. Broadway

Ada, Oklahoma 74820

(580) 272-5520

Last Updated: 11/8/2017