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Wesleyan Assumes Leadership of Center for Creative Youth

Wesleyan’s Center for Creative Youth (CCY), is a precollege summer residency program in the arts for students ages 14–18. Talented high school students from across Connecticut, the United States and around the world will gather for four weeks of intensive study in the arts.

Wesleyan’s Center for Creative Youth (CCY), is a precollege summer residency program in the arts for students ages 14–18. Talented high school students from across Connecticut, the United States and around the world will gather for four weeks of intensive study in the arts.

As first announced in October 2018, Wesleyan has assumed leadership of the Center for Creative Youth (CCY) as an official program of the University. The first CCY camps under Wesleyan’s management will be offered in summer 2019. For 42 years, CCY was held on Wesleyan’s campus, but run by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). With state education cuts and the resulting financial strain experienced at CREC, CCY’s existence was in jeopardy. This transition to Wesleyan is not only the beginning of a bright new chapter for CCY, but the continuation of a beloved series.

CCY is a four-week precollege summer residential program. High school students from across Connecticut, the United States, and around the world gain hands-on experience in an advanced, progressive curriculum that focuses on performing, creative, and studio arts, while enhancing their critical thinking, interdisciplinary and multicultural learning, and leadership skills. Students leave the program with a better perspective on career and higher education choices. Approximately 60–100 students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, participate each summer. The program features daily arts classes in a variety of concentrations, including music, theater, creative writing, musical theater, and visual arts.

Wesleyan to Assume Leadership of Center for Creative Youth (CCY)

Wesleyan will oversee the Center for Creative Youth (CCY) for camps beginning in summer 2019. The program, which targets high school students ages 14–18, features daily art classes in a variety of majors, including music, theater, creative writing, and visual arts. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Next summer, Wesleyan will assume leadership of the Center for Creative Youth (CCY), a precollege residential program that offers four weeks of intensive study in the arts.

CCY, a program created by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), has been hosted on the Wesleyan campus since its inception in 1976. Wesleyan will oversee the noncredit program for camps beginning in summer 2019.

Local High School Students Paint Campus Scenes during CCY Activities

On July 22, Center for Creative Youth student Kim Reynolds, 17, of Naugatuck Public High School, painted the courtyard located between Usdan University Center and the 41 Wyllys building.

On July 22, Center for Creative Youth student Kim Reynolds, 17, of Naugatuck Public High School, painted the courtyard located between Usdan University Center and the 41 Wyllys building.

Victoria Lee, 17, of Danbury High School, painted the south side of South College. CCY is a program of the Capitol Region Educational Council and is sponsored in collaboration with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts. The approximately 150 high school students that come to Wesleyan for CCY reflect a diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural society. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices. 

Victoria Lee, 17, of Danbury High School, painted the south side of South College. CCY is a program of the Capitol Region Educational Council and is sponsored in collaboration with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts. The approximately 150 high school students that come to Wesleyan for CCY reflect a diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural society. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices.

Paige Schmitt, 17, a rising senior at Watkinson School in Hartford, Conn. painted the Fayerweather building. Schmitt also is taking CCY classes on steel pan drums and Japanese Sumi-e painting this summer.

Paige Schmitt, 17, a rising senior at Watkinson School in Hartford, Conn. painted the Fayerweather building. Schmitt also is taking CCY classes on steel pan drums and Japanese Sumi-e painting this summer.

Christian Tarr, 17, is a high school student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Tarr decided to draw the giant oak at the Center for the Arts because "it looked like the mightiest tree on campus."

Christian Tarr, 17, is a high school student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Tarr chose this tree at the Center for the Arts because “it looked like the mightiest tree on campus.”