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CSU Summer Arts Transforms Students into Artists with Annual Retreat Led by World-Renowned Performers

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The CSU is committed to implementing high-impact programs that drive student achievement, and programs such as CSU Summer Arts are helping bolster those efforts by offering students a transformative education. By participating in CSU Summer Arts—which is now accepting applications—students can excel as artists through apprentice-like study with world-renowned master teachers in dance, creative writing, filmmaking and videography, music, new media, theatre and visual arts.

“CSU Summer Arts is passionate about providing a quality, hands-on education where budding artists can gain the skills and build the relationships they need to become leaders in their discipline,” said Rachel Nardo, director of CSU Summer Arts. “Every year, students learn from the industry’s most successful artists and gain new tools not just for their art practice, but for their whole lives.”

Created in 1985, CSU Summer Arts is a multidisciplinary systemwide program offering academic credit, where students participate in workshops that are taught by CSU professors and guest instructors who are, in some cases, Emmy, Tony and Academy Award winners. These artist-faculty live on campus in the dorms and eat with students, allowing aspiring artists to network and make life-long connections. Nearly every night guest instructors put on performances and presentations for students, which are also open to the local community. At the end of each session, students have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a culmination festival that is free to the public.

 Courses, which will be held at CSU Monterey Bay, are two weeks long and run at varying times between June 30 and July 27, 2014. To be considered for summer 2014, students must submit their applications by May 2, 2014.

CSU Summer Arts also offers a three-week Drawing and Painting in Florence course where students travel to Florence, Italy and immerse themselves in Italian culture and art. The course dates are June 12 to July 2, and applications for the class in Italy must be submitted by March 10, 2014.

This year, Summer Arts will offer courses taught by world-renowned guest artists including:

  • Broadway star Susan Egan;
  • Animators from Nickelodeon;
  • Actresses Roma Maffia and Joanna Merlin;
  • Dancers from Diavolo and Lux Aeterna, and dancers Sylvia Waters and Carmen de Lavallade;
  • Sculptors Trimpin and Sasha Leitman;
  • Jazz musicians Wayne Bergeron and Gordon Goodwin;
  • Comedy writers David Razowsky and James Grace;
  • Photographers Aline Smithson and Holly Andres;
  • Typographers Thomas Detrie and William Longhauser;
  • Percussionists John Santos and Mario Pam;
  • Sound designers from Happy Feet Foley;
  • Stage combat instructor and actor Anthony Carreiro;
  • Social action writers Kwame Dawes and Luis Rodriguez.

For more information about CSU Summer Arts courses, registration, artists or scholarships available, visit the CSU Summer Arts website.


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