Public Affairs

CSU Summer Arts Brings Artistic Stardom to CSUMB

July 5, 2012
By Stephanie Thara

CSU Summer Arts

For the first time since its inception in 1985, CSU Summer Arts will reside at CSU Monterey Bay, bringing an artistic explosion to Monterey County. On July 2, the first of Summer Arts’ five-year residency at CSUMB began after previously being hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Humboldt State, Cal State Long Beach and Fresno State. Several hundred students will participate in two-week long courses taught by experts in subjects such as theater, dance, music, art, animation, writing and new media.

To thoroughly prepare students for careers in artistic fields, the program offers intense workshops that can range from 12 to 14 hours a day. Undergraduate and graduate scholars, out-of-state students and professionals seeking additional training will learn about a variety of topics, including photography, sculpture, animation and screen writing.

Workshops 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 public.

When all the workshops have concluded, students will display their final work for free all day to the public. These culminations will take place on July 14, 26 and 28. CSU Summer Arts 2012 runs from July 2-28, at CSUMB’s World Theater and Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library. The public events calendar can be found at