Public Affairs

A Spotlight on Summer Arts

March 17, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

CSU Summer ArtsThe CSU awarded 59 percent of California’s bachelor’s degrees in fine and studio arts in 2007 and continues to contribute to the arts community with programs such as CSU Summer Arts. Created in 1985, CSU Summer Arts is a multidisciplinary systemwide program offering academic credit plus a festival in the visual, performing and literary arts.

The academic component offers two-week residency courses for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre, performance, visual arts, design, arts education and new technology.

CSU Summer Arts plays a major role in expanding opportunities for talented students in all arts genres through the classes offered for college credit during the Summer CSU Summer ArtsArts Festival in July. Additionally, the program established the CSU Media Arts Festival to give talented students studying film, video, and interactive media within the 23-campus CSU system an opportunity to present their work for critical review.

Summer Arts also reaches out to its host community, Fresno, by offering public events and presentations, both on campus and in the community, and often by taking the workshops themselves into the community. There is no other program in the world that combines this mix of artistic genres in a setting that includes master classes and public performances.