Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma August 2018 - Page 14

The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond offers various adult classes and children’s theatre and art lessons. BY VAN MITCHELL | PHOTOS BY KAREN MOORE S hannon Price knew Mitzi Hancuff helped set the standard of success for the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, located at 27 E. Edwards Street. And she wanted to extend that success when she took over as the program executive from Hancuff five years ago. One of the areas she focused on was an increase in adult classes. “We have always been providing visual and performing arts classes for three-year olds and up and that ended about high school age,” Price said. “We have always had adult classes, but one of the things that I really wanted to do was to grow that adult program.” 14 August 2018 | The Business Times Price, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, said when she took over about 80 percent of the program participants were children and 20 percent were adults. “Now about 40 percent of the people in this building are adults taking classes,” she said. “We have really grown in that area.” In 2018, the Fine Arts Institute is celebrating 33 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, two children’s plays, a statewide Youth Impressions juried art show, and features a new exhibit each month in its gallery, plus much more. Office hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and classes run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price said the Edmond community has embraced the FAI for more than 30 years with students and corporate and individual patrons. Led by its 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 the community. Nancy Effron, June McCoy, Gae Rees and Bonnie Smith, the FAI founders, had