BancFirst partners with Arts Institute.

Rejuvenate creativity, renew the spirit and expand personal horizons are just a few of the promises made by the Oklahoma Arts Institute (OAI) in exchange for attendance to their 2013 Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI) professional development workshops. With the help of a BancFirst scholarship, Marian Salwierak, an educator at Shawnee High School, had the opportunity to experience these promises firsthand.

BancFirst partnered with OAI to provide scholarships for fifteen teachers in BancFirst communities to attend the OFAI’s professional development workshops. OFAI, a series of 4-day weekend workshops for adults during the months of October and November, brings in nationally-renowned artists to teach classes in drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, photography, music, theater, writing, storytelling, dance, arts integration and more. Salwierak focused on the Basic Digital Photography workshop. The workshops take place at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.

“We are excited to do our part to help further arts education in Shawnee, and we feel that the OFAI workshops are a wonderful way to do that,” said Marion McMillan, President, BancFirst Shawnee. “We hope Ms. Salwierak will share the knowledge and experience of OFAI with fellow educators in Shawnee, and that she will take this opportunity to help invigorate and rejuvenate the arts classrooms in our schools,” McMillan added.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization developed in 1976, with a vision to cultivate established and emerging artists and educators through art workshops, immersion and awareness. OAI administers a fine arts program for talented Oklahoma youth and a series of continuing education workshops for adults. Thousands of Oklahoma public school teachers have attended the Fall Arts Institute and have brought back knowledge to their classrooms, thereby impacting thousands of Oklahoma schoolchildren. For more information, log on to