“My musicianship has advanced tremendously since the very first day. I’ve learned some very advanced jazz theory which has opened up a whole world of compositional and soloing ideas. I'm playing with more sensitivity than ever, I'm learning to work with a group, and I'm performing a jazz marimba for the first time ever.”
- Jeff Balter
Attention CCY 2015 Applicants!
2015 Summer Session: June 28 — July 25
CCY will continue to recruit and accept students until all programs are full! If you are still interested in applying for CCY, please do so online ASAP!
Out-of-State/Online Submission Audition Procedure
If you are applying from out-of-state, or you are a late applicant, we are happy to work with you to accept your audition electronically! This includes a video audition, or emailed submission of your work (writing, photos, etc…) followed up by a phone interview with the Department Chair and a residential interview with a member of the CCY 2015 Residential Staff. After filling out the application online, please email Lisa Foss to set this up, and click here for audition requirements and guideline.
The Center for Creative Youth (CCY), a program of the Capitol Region Education Council, will hold its 39th annual summer residency in 2015 offering talented high school students four weeks of intensive study on the lovely typical New England campus of Wesleyan University, one of the country's most distinguished liberal arts colleges. Classes meet daily in 8 art disciplines. Morning classes allow students to major in one chosen art form, while classes in interdisciplinary arts subjects complement the morning program.
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CCY enrolls approximately 150 young artists from Connecticut, across the U.S., and outside the country. These students reflect a diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural society. This provides an environment for students to develop a better understanding of each other, as well as greater knowledge of and appreciation for the arts. During downtime, students have a wonderful opportunity to explore professional venues of their art form and attend workshops.
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In each of the art disciplines, students gain practical experience in an advanced, progressive curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, interdisciplinary and multicultural learning, leadership skills, and historical context. A staff of professional Artist/Teachers and Residential Advisors mentor students in their studies, as well as in the social aspects of the program. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices.
A Message from CCY Program Coordinator Lisa Foss
“I am extremely honored to be a part of the Center for Creative Youth. Having led programming for a number of arts institutions, I believe CCY is outstanding for many reasons: The rigorous artistic training, the interdisciplinary opportunities, the beautiful setting at Wesleyan University, the talented teaching staff, the dedicated team of Residential Advisors – but most especially the students themselves. A diverse group of strangers gather for a few weeks and become part of a true community of artists that form lasting bonds. I have met so many enthusiastic alumni who cherish the time they spent at CCY, and identify it as a positive turning point in their artistic life. I am honored to be able to serve the program, to build on the tremendous legacy of my predecessors and to continue to find new and innovative ways to help young artists thrive. I am very excited about the future of CCY.”