College of Visual and Performing Arts

Community Arts Academy

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Visual and Performing Arts Instruction Offered All Year on the IPFW Campus!

CAA Summer String Camp CelloThe Community Arts Academy (CAA), a division of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at IPFW, offers a wide range of instruction in art, music, theatre and dance for students in grades pre-K-12. Taught by IPFW faculty members, professional artists and advanced IPFW university students, classes focus on the artistic process, encouraging culturally enriching opportunities for enjoyment as well as advanced study in the arts. The CAA is recognized as a broad-based arts alternative, supplementing traditional school classroom arts instruction. By sharing the same facilities utilized by university students, the program acquaints students and their families to the accessibility and benefits of the university environment on the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. Students study art, music, theatre and dance in a positive, supportive environment.

CAA Theatre Masters StudentsQuality teaching is the highest priority of the CAA. The instructors, experts in their arts fields, are comprised of IPFW faculty or outstanding community arts teachers. A few are selected IPFW arts majors who teach under faculty supervision.

Saturday Studio DrawingMost classes and private instruction take place on the IPFW campus during the week or on Saturdays of the spring and fall semesters. A variety of summer classes and exciting camps is also available. Please peruse this site for class listings and registration information or contact the CAA at 260-481-6977 or for additional information and to be placed on our mailing list.

Indiana Academic Standards that our programs fulfill: 

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Appleseed Writing Project Camps

Although not run through the Community Arts Academy, IPFW's Appleseed Writing Project Camps are offered each summer. For more information, click here.

Summer Exploration Camps

The IPFW College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science runs Exploration camps on the topics of engineering, leadership, computer science, math and science and physics. For more information, click here.

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CAA in the News!

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We love to educate your kids in the arts and keep them busy! The Community Arts Academy has classes scheduled all year long for kids pre-K through grade 12 (and even a few options for adults!). To learn more about our most recent class lineup, check out these interviews, stories and photos:

Spring 2014: TV21's INsight segment: watch here

Fall 2013: PBS39's CAA TV spot: watch here

Summer 2013: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Fabric Fun Workshop: view photos here

Summer 2013: PBS39's CAA TV spot: watch here

Summer 2013: PBS39's ArtsWeekly show: watch the drama and dance interview, watch the art and music interview

Summer 2013: TV21's INsight segment: watch the interview

Spring 2013, TV21's INsight segment: watch the interview

Summer 2012, WBOI's ArtCentric radio show: listen to the podcast

Summer 2012, TV21's INsight segment: watch the interview

Summer 2012, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette photos/stories: Here are some students in our Clay Pets camp and here are some from our 17th Annual Summer Strings Camp.


Private Music Instruction Registration

CAA Summer String Camp

Registration for private music instruction is underway for the spring term running January 1 through April 30. Private music instruction students must register via phone or person. Contact Susan Robart for more information or to register at 260-481-6713. Before registering, contact your instructor to determine the number and length of lessons for the fall term.

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