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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

Dana Clarinet Ensemble Day Photo

Dana Clarinet Ensemble Day
Feb 13  |  12:00 - 5:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

The event is geared for ninth through twelfth graders who will team up with members of the Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Alice Wang, to strengthen their skills; learn valuable techniques and find out more about the Dana School of Music.

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Michelle Abraham Photo

Faculty and Guest Artist Chamber Recital
Feb 14  |  3:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

Guest artists Michelle Abraham, violin and Vincent Scacchetti, viola will join Dana faculty Joseph Kromholz, violin; Jeffrey Singler, cello; and Cicilia Yudha, piano in an afternoon of music to recognize Valentine’s Day

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Dana Clarinet Ensemble Day Photo

Artist Lecture | John Peña
Feb 16  |  5:10 PM  |  McDonough Museum of Art

John Peña is a visual artist, illustrator and educator who creates art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions

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YSU Wind & Percussion Invitational Photo

YSU Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble
Feb 22  |  7:30 PM  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

YSU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Stephen L. Gage, Conductor
YSU Percussion Ensemble, Ed Davis and Dustin May, Directors
Soloist: Dr. James C. Umble, saxophon

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Musicology PhotoMusicology Lecture | Michael Baumgartner 
Feb 26  |  4:00 PM  |  Bliss Recital Hall

Baumgartner is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Cleveland State University, and the author of the monograph Exiled Goddesses: Women Statues in the Stage Works of Kurt Weill, Thea Musgrave and Othmar Schoeck (Olms, 2012)

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Intersections Biennial Faculty Exhibition PhotoINTERSECTIONS Biennial Faculty Exhibition
JAN 21 - FEB 26  |  McDonough Museum of Art

The Biennial Faculty Exhibition is an exploration of innovation and tradition. The work includes current research by Department of Art faculty imparting new vision and re-investigating long standing practices in the fields of Art and Design.

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