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Chickasaw Arts Academy

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is an intensive exploration of various artistic fields that provides career preparatory programming and student skill development.

The academy is a 12 day course on the campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, culminating with a fine arts gala and performing arts showcase highlighting students’ work.

The gala is a public reception that displays visual art pieces, musical compositions and culinary creations. The showcase is a two-hour event that highlights and incorporates all disciplines of the performing arts into one major musical production.

All students participate in special cultural enrichment activities and receive education in Chickasaw and Southeast Native American cultures.

Student Levels

Students are separated into three distinct age levels:

STAR (Starting Arts Rotation) Level: Ages 8-10

This is the beginning level of the academy in which the students rotate through six core classes daily including 2-D art, 3-D art, dance, theatre, video production/creative writing and vocal music.

Intermediate Level: Ages 11-13

Students in this level have a choice between the fine arts rotation and performing arts rotation.

  • Fine Arts Rotation: Students will focus on more comprehensive projects and cycle through daily classes including 2-D art, 3-D art, graphic arts, graphic design, photography and video production.
  • Performing Arts Rotation: Students will spend the morning focusing on skill development with classes in dance, theater performance, sound and light design, costuming, hair and makeup, set design and vocal music. The afternoon session will be a combined theatrical production, alongside performing arts major level students.

Majors Level: Ages 14-18.

This level includes college preparatory courses and professional artist development, and allows students to work on advanced level projects. Students in this level will select a singular discipline to focus on throughout the academy.

  • Performing Arts Majors: Morning courses will focus on skill-building while the afternoon will be a theatrical production collaboration with the intermediate performing arts level students.
  • Fine Arts Majors: Morning and afternoon courses will be spent working in their chosen area.

The disciplines offered for majors include 2-D art, 3-D art, creative writing, culinary arts, fashion design, graphic arts, graphic design, photography, music composition, technical theatre (costuming, hair and makeup, light and sound, and set design), theater performance, video production and vocal music.

You Provide

  • Completed application
  • Completed consent form
  • Please read and review all policies and agreements carefully. (Arts academy policies are located on this page for your convenience.)


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

Online Application

Service Area


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

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: 11/16/2018