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Edmond Fine Arts Institute

The Fine Arts Institute is the place for creativity and excitement. In 2020 we celebrated 35 years as Edmond’s nonprofit community arts organization offering educational enrichment for adults and children in visual and performing arts. The FAI sponsors the Edmond Youth Chorus, three annual children’s plays, a statewide Youth Impressions Juried Art Show,  gallery exhibits each month, and a wide variety of classes and camps for all ages, plus much much more.


The FAI is a financially sound and well respected nonprofit organization. Strong partnerships, expanding cultural programming and strong enrollment continues. The Edmond community has embraced the FAI for over 34 years with corporate and individual patrons. Led by an outstanding board of directors of Edmond’s finest leaders, a talented and certified faculty, and dedicated staff, the FAI looks to the future to continue to provide cultural enrichment for our community.


It all started with a conversation…

…between four mothers in 1985. They were watching their daughters in a gymnastics meet and voiced that their children were not getting enough art in elementary school. From that conversation, they took action and applied for a non-profit 501c3 status with the state; wrote bylaws, established a board of directors; and founded the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.

Nancy Effron, June McCoy, Gae Rees and Bonnie Smith, the FAI founders, had a dream and made it a reality in 1985 by teaching art and music in one classroom at an Edmond church. Art supplies were kept in the trunks of their cars and enrollment was taken from an answering machine in the Rees home. That first year they had about 90 students and the Fine Arts Institute was on its way.

In 2004 the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond moved into its new home at 27 East Edwards. A beautiful 8,000 square foot custom building in Downtown Edmond where creativity thrives.   A celebration was held in April, 2008 when the loan on the building was retired. In 2010 the Fine Arts Institute purchased the small property to the west for the development of “Mitzi’s Park”, for an art park and outdoor classroom setting. Again the loan was retired and the park completed in 2012.


Today the Fine Arts Institute continues to be Edmond, Oklahoma’s arts leader. Over 4900 students take art classes in-house each year, and over 17,000 are reached with additional programming.   Artist of all ages and abilities are invited to DISCOVER. CREATE. PERFORM. at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute!

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