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Wesleyan University: Center for Creative Youth

74 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457


  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Boating
  • Career Exploration
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Music
  • Social Programming
  • Theater

Ages Served:

11–18 years old

Areas Served:

All locations

Program Length:

3-4 weeks

Start Date:

June 28, 2020 (first session)

End Date:

July 25, 2020 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

Overnight, 8:30 am–4:00 pm


Free, $500–$1000, $1000+
Financial Aid Available, Offers Reduced Fee Based on Family Income

Participants are required to attend the program for the full four weeks. In 2019, we added a commuter option for local students, in addition to our residential program. Commuter students received the same classes and out of class opportunities (concerts, field trips and open studio time, etc.) but did not reside in the dorms or stay on weekends.

The program is designed to build on skills developed over the four-week period, with the focus being on “process” over “product” in all art disciplines. Leaving the program early or entering the program late does not offer the student and equal experience, so we typically do not allow for limited attendance unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Wesleyan University has certifications for State of Connecticut Camp License, CPR/First Aid Certification for Program Manager, and Residential Director and Assistant Residential Director.

To Register:

Lisa Foss, Program Manager
74 Wyllys Ave. Middletown, CT 06457
[email protected]
[email protected]
(860) 685-3341

More about our camp:

The Center for Creative (CCY), is a pre-college residential program that takes place each summer on the campus of Wesleyan University. Talented high school students from across Connecticut, the United States and around the world gather for four weeks of intensive study in the arts. The program features daily arts classes in a variety of concentrations – creative writing, music, musical theater, theater and visual art – which participants study each weekday. Additionally, students choose elective intensives, a series of classes that encourage them to explore art forms outside of their major, or deepen the study of their chosen art form. All students will take two different elective classes during the course of the program. 

This program is unique in that it is not an isolated arts program: Students from many different disciplines are brought together to explore and learn in a setting that encourages artistic exploration and venturing out of one’s “comfort zone.” Students are provided with an opportunity to interact in a number of different settings. Beyond the classroom, students are scheduled for various activities: a performance offered as part of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts Summer Series; a field trip to a local artistic venue; an open mic night; or weekly open-studio time during which students work on assignments and class projects in the evening.

The artistic and academic rigor of the program is consistently high in all departments. Curriculum designs meet or exceed National Core Arts Standards for “Accomplished” or “Advanced” high school students. CCY meets the “anchor standards” by having students: create work in classes both independently and with their peers; perform/present work in a series of share days; respond to their experiences through open class discussions and journaling;  and connect to their community through social activities, collaborations and leadership projects.

Expectations are high for students both in the classroom and in the residence, and the staff is dedicated to ensuring students feel supported and successful in an environment that values individuality. All students are required to work independently and in collaboration with their peers. Journaling, library research and open class discussions are incorporated into every class. Students are also charged with completing an Arts Leadership project post-program, as part of the leadership training they start while at CCY. Our instructors emphasize critical thinking, interdisciplinary and multicultural learning, and leadership skills. Students leave CCY with a better perspective on career and higher education choices.  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.