Center For Creative Youth

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

Center for Creative Youth


The Center for Creative (CCY), a program of the Capitol Region Education Council, is a pre-college residential program that takes place each summer on the campus of Wesleyan University, one of the country's most distinguished liberal arts colleges. 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. 

CCY is both impactful and packed-full! The program features daily arts classes in a variety of majors, including creative writing, dance, filmmaking, music (both instrumental and vocal), musical theater, photography, 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 deepen the study of their chosen art form.    

stagecombat.jpgWorld Class shows, master classes, workshops, field trips, as well as dances, open mic nights and share days throughout the program fill the summer with creative inspiration.  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 visit or call 860-757-6391  

Creative Writing • Dance • Filmmaking • Music • Musical Theater • Photography • Theater
• Visual Arts  
Ballroom Dancing • Caribbean Steel Pan Orchestra • Cartooning •  Javanese Gamelan • Musical Theater for Non-Majors • Play Writing •  Songwriting • Stage Combat • Spoken Word Poetry • Photography for Non-Majors • West African Drumming and Dance  
Artist and Teacher Mentors • Performance Opportunities • Supervised Residence Hall Living • Workshops & Master Classes •  Field Trips • Shows & Exhibits • College and Career Day

2017 Program Dates

Students move in: June 25, 2017 Program in session: June 26 July 21, 2017 Open Class Share Day: July 15, 2017 Students move out: July 22, 2017

Program Cost
Tuition: $2,295
Room & Board: $1,700
Total Cost: $3,995

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

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  

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The program accepts approximately 120-140 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.  

 “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  

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.  


The Center for Creative Youth is open to all high school students who have completed at least one year of high school Students must be at least 14 years of age, mature, and focused on the arts. Selection is based on your completed application, an audition/portfolio review and a residential interview conducted in March each year.  


Danceclass.jpgAll applicants are encouraged to attend the main audition at Wesleyan University for a broad experience of the campus, staff, and other applicants. We do offer two CT locations for auditions: Middletown and Hartford. 

Stay tuned for 2018 audition information.

Those unable to attend an audition in person can apply online by submitting the required files with their application.

Click here to  visit CCY's website for more information and to apply! 

Lisa Foss
Program Coordinator 
Center for Creative Youth
Phone 860-757-6391
Fax  860-757-6377 Fax

 Kim Stroud 
General Director Center for Creative Youth 860-757-6319  

…...this was a life-changing experience….. Elizabeth Harris  ‘02

…..everyone was so welcoming…… Colleen Guernier ‘14

……I felt appreciated and accepted…… Danique Ashley Gordon ‘13

..…..I am more independent……..  Alexander Bedder ‘07

….we learned new techniques……Stefania Mikulec ‘ 06

……we are encouraged to take artistic risks…… Haley Hogan ‘02

……CCY changed my life forever…..Marita Growing Thunder ‘16

…it’s an amazing place with inspirational energy.…. Ziggy Schulting ‘13

….. I am accepted for my “weirdness.”  ….. Madyson Frame ‘15

…..I felt empowered…….. Toni Baldi ‘02

……I feel more driven to achieve my dreams….Sophia Foss ‘16

…..I spent the summer surrounded by passionate artists……. Emily Butler ‘09

…..I have made so many new friends that feel like family….Jorge Azpietia ‘16

..…this place is home…… Danique Ashley Gordon ‘13