“To transform lives through excellence and innovation in arts education and performance”

Who We Serve

CSU Summer Arts is a California State University systemwide program. As such, we focus on supporting the artistic and academic needs of our students, faculty, and arts administrators. However, we are pleased to offer admission and select scholarships to California community college students planning to transfer to a CSU campus, to adult learners, and community artists beyond the CSU and California.

What We Do

CSU Summer Arts in-residence program is transformative education at its best. The immersive summer school builds the student’s professional skill set and increases capacity for future work while escalating the student artists’ and teachers’ abilities to reflect, gain new insights, self-challenge, foster passion, and make life-changing shifts in perspective.

What We Believe

Whether participating as an artist, performer, or audience member, we believe the arts nurture the human spirit and foster citizenry. It is through diversity in the arts that we develop aesthetic sensibility and discover other ways of knowing the unique worlds around us. Through the arts, we are able to gain new perspectives on what it means to be human.

What We Value

We strive to develop life-long behaviors, principles, and values that sustain creative character:
• Courage and passion to create
• Resilience demonstrated by the ability to try, fail, and persist
• Work balanced with play; the roles of process and product
• Drive to curiosity, problem finding, and problem solving
• Respect and ethical behavior; individuation balanced with socialization
• Diversity in expression