About Us

Art Lovers

"Art is an experience not an object."

-Robert Motherwell

Since 2009, Harding Fine Arts Academy has hosted the Ignite Arts Festival at their historic building in the heart of Oklahoma City.

The “Ignite Arts Festival” is a gathering of student and professional visual, musical and performing artists featuring family-friendly works in various media and styles. This event is held in conjunction with our “Art Spark Youth Art Competition.” Students from area elementary and middle schools have been invited to create, display and compete for prizes in either 2D drawings, paintings, prints or mixed medias. All entries will on be display at HFAA during the arts festival.

In addition to being able to view and purchase art pieces, there will be live performances featuring HFAA dancers, instrumentalists, poets and singers throughout the day.

This annual event not only encourages artistic expression, entrepreneurship and unity among students it also acts as a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Department at Harding Fine Arts Academy.

So, what's the difference?

Ignite Arts Festival

The Ignite Arts Festival is specifically for students at Harding Fine Arts Academy.

During the festival students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship by selling their artwork to the public, show-off their creativity and talents, as well as perform in the auditorium to practice their craft.

Art Spark Youth Art Competition

Art Spark is an art competition for elementary and middle school students in Oklahoma City.

This competition is judged by a panel of local artists and the winners are awarded various prizes for their work. 

Click the submissions button at the top of the page for more information on how to get involved.

Because of the challenges with COVID-19 the Art Spark competition has been cancelled for 2021.

"Creativity takes courage!"

- Henri Matisse