Center for Creative Education, Empowering Community Through The Arts
The mission of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of our youth and community through arts, wellness and education.
WHAT WE DO:
We fulfill this mission by providing innovative, high quality programs with a special emphasis on serving low income, minority and at-risk children and youth. The Center provides a wide array of classes in dance, music, fitness, theater, spoken word, computer arts technology and the visual arts. These classes are offered after school at our main site in midtown Kingston and in school districts throughout the Hudson Valley.
CCE is home to three award winning youth dance ensembles and to the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston. The quality of our programming is evidenced by garnering top awards at the National Spirit Dance Competition (2006 and 2010) and the grand prizes in all categories at the recent National Dance Awards in Albany. In addition, our groups have won first prizes at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and on BET’s dance program 106th and Park. We perform widely with these ensembles and have been featured at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, West Point, the Bardavon Opera House and the United Nations among many other venues.
MORE ABOUT CCE:
Our programs use the arts to teach basic life skills such as persistence, teamwork, discipline, focus and mastery. We place a strong emphasis on having a healthy mind and a healthy body and the importance of education as a path to a better life. Over 95% of our students have graduated from high school and continued on to pursue college degrees. This proven track record with minority and at risk youth led the Kingston City School District to partner with CCE in the development of new programs at Kingston High School (KHS). The high school is under state watch due to its continued failure to raise graduation rates among minority students. CCE helped the staff at KHS develop a new pilot program featuring Project Based Learning. This new initiative began in the fall of 2011 and is already showing tremendous results. 100% of the students in our classes passed their state exams and plans are being made to replicate this model throughout the entire high school through the establishment of Small Learning Communities. CCE staff work alongside district teachers and have been credited with inspiring this turn around in student achievement.
The Center has a long standing policy of turning no child away due to the inability to pay and 84% of our current students receive scholarship assistance. We have a very diverse staff and board, one that reflects the diversity of our student body. We are totally committed to assisting today’s young people in becoming the citizen leaders of tomorrow.