Center for Creative Education Expands to New Paltz

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The Center for Creative Education (CCE), known for its art, music, theater and visual arts programs, has announced its expansion into the Village of New Paltz. This move marks a significant milestone for the CCE as it seeks to broaden its presence and serve a new community. 

The CCE started in 1989 with just a few drumming and dance programs, with the sole intent to open possibilities for students with an education in arts. It stands today in Kingston and has grown tremendously in attendance, programs and diversity. They will now have a satellite program in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Paltz, offering a range of visual, media and performance arts, as well as tutoring, chess club and family workshops. 

“These disciplines will provide a platform for self-expression, critical thinking and personal development,” said Drew Andrews, executive director of the CCE. 

With a motivation to “enrich the social and cultural awareness of our youth and community through arts, wellness and education,” the expansion will allow them to fulfill this mission in a new area. The CCE aims to provide affordable access to the arts with a focus on “low income, minority and at-risk children and youth.” They have a policy in which they never turn a student away, with 84% of their current students receiving scholarship assistance. 

The expansion to New Paltz was influenced by the need for after-school programs for youth in New Paltz. There is a vast number of young individuals in New Paltz unable to access an affordable entrance into art and music programs. They are collaborating with the New Paltz Youth Center and their pre-existing youth programs to provide after-school care with the CCE’s art-centered initiatives. 

“By providing a dedicated space for arts education, we can bridge the gap and empower these students with essential skills, confidence and a sense of belonging,” said Andrews. 

“New Paltz has observed significant racial disparity within its community, with certain marginalized groups lacking representation and resources.”

By opening their satellite program, they aim to fulfill this need and address this inequity as a place for artistic growth and development. They are striving to create an “inclusive environment that embraces and celebrates the diverse cultures and backgrounds of New Paltz residents,” said Andrews.

The CCE recognizes the impact that the arts have on young individuals. Through their classes, students are taught life skills, such as teamwork and persistence, which contribute to the growth of both mind and body. Over 90% of their students have graduated from high school to pursue a college degree. 

The CCE looks forward to working with the New Paltz community to make their dream a reality. “Through the transformative power of art, we can cultivate future leaders and inspire a lifelong love for the arts.”

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