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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Community Arts Academy

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Visual and Performing Arts Instruction Offered All Year on the Purdue University Fort Wayne Campus!

Meet a few Community Arts Academy (CAA) students, parents and instructors in this short video that showcases CAA art, theatre and dance classes taking place all year round. Video courtesy of

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CAA Summer String Camp CelloThe Community Arts Academy, a division of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at Purdue University Fort Wayne, offers a wide range of instruction in art, music, theatre and dance for students in grades pre-K-12. 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 Purdue 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 Purdue Fort Wayne faculty or outstanding community arts teachers. A few are selected Purdue Fort Wayne arts majors who teach under faculty supervision.

Saturday Studio DrawingClasses and private instruction take place on the Purdue Fort Wayne 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.

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The Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Refund Policy

A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.

Parental Supervision Statement

Purdue University Fort Wayne is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre-K – 12. While the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.

In case of an emergency please contact the Purdue Fort Wayne University Police at 481-6827.

Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults

The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.

Purdue University West Lafayette Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

The Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy abides by the Purdue University operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here:






Summer Youth Camps

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy offers many art, dance, theatre and music summer camps and classes, but so do many other departments at Purdue Fort Wayne. Please visit our Summer Camps page for links to other summer youth programs on campus, including science, business, reading, writing and athletic camps.

Private Music Instruction Registration

CAA Summer String Camp

Students may enter into instruction at any time of year. The fall term runs September 1 through December 31; the spring/summer term runs January 1 through August 31. New private music instruction students must register in advance of their first lesson by contacting Lynn Hanson 260-481-6977 or via email. Returning students should contact their instructor to determine the number and length of lessons prior to registering.

Click here for more details.

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:

Summer 2016 Article in the Fort Wayne Reader about Shakespeare's Island Workshop.

Summer 2016 Photo Feature in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about Movie Makeup.

Summer 2016 Photo Feature in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette about Drawing the Superhero.

Spring 2015 CAA Art Instructor Morgan McClarnon named North Side Teacher of the Year: watch here

Summer 2014 PBS39's ArtsWeekly: watch the art segment, watch the drama segment, watch the music segment, watch the dance segment


Fall 2013 PBS39's CAA TV spot: watch 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