Chickasaw Arts Academy

Chickasaw Nation Residents, Chickasaws At‑large

Aspiring young artists are immersed in an exploration of various artistic fields, career preparatory programming and student-oriented skill development. The academy provides an opportunity for students to learn about contemporary and traditional Chickasaw and Southeastern First American art in a variety of mediums that inspires exploration of the artistic process in writing, performing and visual arts.

Applicants must be a Chickasaw youth, dependent of a Chickasaw citizen or a previous attendee. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

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  • Chickasaw citizen or dependent of a Chickasaw citizen, previous attendees
  • Applicants of the STAR program must be between the ages of 8-10 on the day academy begins
  • To participate in the intermediate program, applicants must be between the ages of 11-13 on the day academy begins
  • To participate in the majors program, applicants must be
  • must be 14-18. Applicants who turn 14 on the day the academy begins are permitted to apply. Applicants that are 18 by the application deadline but turn 19 before the academy begins are also permitted to apply
  • 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
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 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
For information regarding application process, contact us.
Required Forms and Documents


(580) 272-5520


Jul 13, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024

multi-day event

Program Details

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

Tailored for aspiring artists, participants are presented opportunities in:

  • 2D drawing
  • 2D painting
  • 3D art
  • Fashion design
  • Culinary art
  • Dance
  • Digital art
  • Music industry
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Technical theater
  • Performance theater
  • Futurist ceramics
  • Metalsmithing
  • 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 offered by the Chickasaw Arts Academy.


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Arts & Humanities (Abney)

Ada, Oklahoma 74820