The mission of CSU Summer Arts is to empower people through excellence and innovation in arts education, exhibition, and performance.
Art enriches, colors, and fills our lives. CSU Summer Arts provides innovative education, exhibition, and performances to enhance your knowledge, skills, and appreciation of the arts. Your experience with CSU Summer Arts—whether as artist or audience member—is sure to nurture your artistic spirit and elevate your thinking about creative expression.
CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. It’s where profound learning and entertainment converge, creating an inspired and empowering educational environment. It’s where students live, work, and learn alongside world-renowned professionals, and it’s where the public can view this life-changing work.
CSU Summer Arts is a national and international program of the California State University. We serve all of California, and beyond. In addition to students and faculty from the CSU, California Community Colleges, and the University of California, we also invite public school teachers, student artists and faculty from private schools and colleges throughout the United States, working professionals, and qualified international students to enroll.
Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore, 2nd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
CSU Summer Arts, Fresno State 5241 N. Maple Avenue Fresno, CA 93740 (559) 278-5858
CSU Summer Arts was created to meet the needs of the arts students of the CSU and to supplement the programs of the CSU's large and diverse arts colleges.
From a 1985 meeting of an arts faculty institute in the woods of Kirkwood, California, CSU Summer Arts began initially as a summer dance program on the campus of Cal State Long Beach.
A year later, because of overwhelming student needs, Summer Arts' curriculum expanded to include various arts genres. In 1990, the Media Arts Festival was added.
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