Wesleyan's Center for Creative Youth

For advance notice about CCY's Summer 2019 program,
email ccy@wesleyan.edu and we'll add you to the announcement list.

The Center for Creative Youth (CCY) is a residential summer program in the arts at Wesleyan University. Every July for over 40 years, talented high school students have gathered together on campus to delve into intensive study in the arts.

CCY's program features daily arts classes in a variety of majors, including Music, Musical Theater, and Visual Arts. Additionally, students participate in Elective Intensives, a series of classes that encourage students to explore art forms outside of their major, or to deepen the study of their chosen art form. 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. World class shows, Master classes, workshops, field trips, dances, open mic nights and share days throughout the program fill the summer with creative inspiration. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices.

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. The program accepts 60-80 students, creating a diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural community. Students range in age from 14-18. You must have completed at least one year of high school to be eligible for the program.

With a 40+ year history of excellence, many students and families have found the program to be “life-changing,” providing focus, validation and motivation to future leaders of the artistic community.

For more information: email ccy@wesleyan.edu or call Program Manager Lisa Foss at 860-685-3341.