The Duncan Banner

November 12, 2012

Duncan teachers attend weekend artistic retreat

The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The hills were alive with the sound of music, and visual art, as a pair of Duncan elementary music teachers took part in an intensive artistic study at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

Ginger Thornton (Emerson Elementary) and Cheryl Johnson (Horace Mann) took classes from master artists in literary, visual and performing arts.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed our unique workshop,” said Johnson. “I had a wonderful time and hope to bring the ideas I received into my music classroom.”

The two received full scholarships to the exclusive program, which was held at the scenic Quartz Mountain in southwest Oklahoma.

“I was inspired by the beauty f my surroundings and the opportunity to educate myself in the arts,” Thornton said. “I leaned new strategies for integrating music with literature, storytelling and folk dancing.”

The Duncan educators were sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation, and Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, with additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Oklahoma High School students will have the opportunity to attend a similar camp this summer (June 15-30) at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, where they will learn from renowned artists. Auditions for the program will begin in January. For more information, visit