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Welcome to the College of Creative Arts and Communication! As you move around Bliss Hall, you will find the College to be a hub of activity featuring events, faculty and student engagement, and a stimulating environment for learning about the arts. The faculty are dedicated to student success and providing hands-on opportunities.

-Michael R. Crist, Ph.D.

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  Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The College of Creative Arts and Communication provides a dynamic learning environment in the creative and communication arts to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of a diverse community.
The College is dedicated to: 
  • Demonstrating the values and principles inherent to the arts and challenging students to experience and appreciate the various forms of artistic expression.
  • Recognizing scholarship and teaching as integral and interrelated activities of the College demonstrated by a faculty and staff of active artists and scholars, providing a lasting and sustainable contribution to aid students in achieving an enriched and fulfilled life.
  • Utilizing music, visual arts, speech communication, telecommunication, theater, and dance to present a highly visible presence reaching beyond the University community.
  • Creating an innovative environment that cultivates its faculty, staff and students to become leaders in their professional and civic lives.
Our Vision
The College seeks to be a distinguished center, nationally recognized for education in the fine and performing arts. As an outgrowth of that vision, we will continue to offer a varied selection of high quality programming in the creative arts. Central to this intention is the understanding that the creative and communication arts are expressions of our shared humanity, capable of building connections among people and cultures, exploring the human spirit in all of its nuances, revealing new perceptions of our past, present and future, and providing a humanizing force vital to a civil society.

YSU Mission
Youngstown State University—an urban research university—emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world. Read More
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  Events & News

Spring 2016 Graduating BFA Show Photo

Spring 2016 Graduating BFA Exhibition
Apr 22 - May 6  |  McDonough Museum of Art

The show features work by students achieving completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

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Cosi fan Tutte Photo

YSU Opera, Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Opens Apr 22  |  7:30 pm  |  Ford Theater, Bliss Hall

There will be an opening night pre-performance lecture by Stephanie Ruozzo titled, "The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Responding to a Multi-Faceted Mozart in Cosi fan tutte" on Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2222 in Bliss Hall

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Musical Theater Lab Recital Photo

Musical Theater Lab Recital
Apr 24  |  6:00 pm  |  Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall

Come hear the musical theater students sing some of your favorite Broadway songs in their end of the semester performance. Free to the public.

Fire Bird and Other Tales Photo

Fire Bird & Other Tales
Apr 25  |  7:30 pm  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

The YSU Concert Band, Brandt Payne, conductor, and the YSU Wind Ensemble, Stephen L. Gage, conductor, will close their respective performance seasons with a concert, Firebird & Other Tales!

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Spring Concert Photo

Spring Concert
Apr 27  |  7:30 pm  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The Dana School of Music presents a second Spring Choral Concert featuring the YSU Barbershop Quartet, “One Achord” and the University Chorus

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Chatham Baroque Photo

Chatham Baroque 
Apr 29  |  7:30 pm  |  St. John’s Episcopal Church

The Dana School of Music presents Pittsburgh-based trio Chatham Baroque in concert.

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YSU Drumline Clinic and Master Class Photo

YSU Drumline Clinic and Masterclass
Apr 30th  | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  |  Bliss Hall and Harrison Common at Youngstown State University

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for middle school, high school and YSU musicians to receive specialized instruction in marching percussion!

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Dana Performance Vocal Clinic

Dana Vocal Performance Clinic
Jun 13-18  |  Bliss Hall

The Dana Vocal Performance Clinic is an intensive workshop that explores the world of singing, acting, and performing.

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