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Center for Creative Youth



Lisa Foss
Program Coordinator
(860) 757-6391

Applications still being accepted for the 2016 program!

Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University is still accepting applications for the 2016 program! Until all programs are at capacity, we will continue to recruit and accept students into our summer residency. Please contact us at (860) 757-6391 or by email to find out if there is room in the program you are interested in applying for.

Next, you simply need to complete the Online Application.

For those auditioning past our original deadline, you will have to submit your audition electronically. Please follow the protocols for “out-of-state” auditions for the art form you select when submitting your materials/recordings for review by our audition panel. These will need to be emailed directly to the office at A Residential Advisor will follow up with a phone call for a residential interview, the second requirement for applying to the program.

Program Dates

Students move in: June 26, 2016
Program in session: June 27 – July 22, 2016
Open Class Share Day: July 16, 2016
Students move out: July 23, 2016

Program Cost

Tuition: $2,000
Room & Board: $1,600
Total Cost: $3,600

Limited Financial Aid is available. Most awards are partial scholarships. You must complete the Financial Aid/Scholarship Form to be considered for any aid.

Join us for CCY’s 40th anniversary Summer — Apply today!

Please be aware that this price is for domestic (USA) students. Prices for international students may vary, depending upon the scope of services provided.
For students in Spain, please visit or email

About CCY

The Center for Creative Youth (CCY), a program of the Capitol Region Education Council, will hold its 40th annual summer residency in 2016. High school students from across Connecticut, the United States and beyond will gather for four weeks of intensive study on the picturesque New England campus of Wesleyan University, one of the country's most distinguished liberal arts colleges.

The program features daily arts classes in creative writing, dance, filmmaking, music (both instrumental and vocal), musical theater, photography, theater and visual arts! Interdisciplinary classes, master classes, workshops, field trips, exhibits, performances, as well as recreational activities and share days throughout the program fill the summer with creative inspiration as students learn and explore a rich arts culture together. Join us as CCY carries on the 40 year tradition of creating lasting memories and strong bonds of friendship.

“Every artsy person I know should go here!” Maia Ross Trupin ‘13

The program accepts a total of approximately 140 students to create a diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural community. CCY has a celebrated history of recruiting students from across the U.S. and beyond who come together to explore their art form on a deeper level and to connect to young, creative minds like their own. The culture created by a staff of professional Artists, teachers, Residential Advisors and Administrators is one of nurturing acceptance and progressive encouragement.

In each of the art disciplines, students gain hands-on experience in an advanced, progressive curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, interdisciplinary and multicultural learning, leadership skills, and historical context. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices. (Learn more about Classes)

“My teachers and TAs pushed me and were honest. I need that. Being pushed makes me want to push myself and my art even more.” Karrigan Pothier ‘14

During downtime, students have a wonderful opportunity to experience professional venues of their art form, attend workshops, and explore the dynamic social opportunities that the Wesleyan University campus has to offer.

Nothing is “sugar-coated” here – expectations are high for students both in the classroom and in the residence – but the staff is dedicated to ensuring students feel supported and succeed in an environment that values individuality. (Learn more about Student Life)

“This place is home.” Danique Ashley Gordon ‘13

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