Who We Are
The Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute (CCAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Chen-Yu Tsuei (Juilliard 93′) with the goal of preserving, promoting, and celebrating Chinese culture and arts. As CCAI has grown, we have become a focal point in the regional and Mid-Atlantic Chinese community and local community overall for providing elite training. CCAI accomplishes this through a variety of arts programs that allow students, Asian and non-Asian, to learn, study, practice and enjoy the unique arts and cultural heritage of China. CCAI’s programs focus on traditional Chinese dances, music, calligraphy, traditional painting, language, culinary arts, tea arts, theater, crafts, Tai Chi Chuan, and cultural activities.
When CCAI was founded in the Capitol Region, Harrisburg, PA in 2000, there were no Asian arts organizations. CCAI brought a diversity to the region that most people were not familiar with. CCAI initially catered to the children of immigrants. When word spread to the adoption community, more families wanted to participate in CCAI’s activities. CCAI maintained this pace from 2000 to 2004 of 2 classes on Saturday morning at the local community college. Starting in 2004 the founder began to see a need for more of the classes that CCAI was offering. This began the transition from Saturday morning classes to a full 7 day a week functional art and cultural center that CCAI currently has.
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2014 Promo Video
Summer Semester starts June 15th. The Annual Performance is at The Forum on June 7th at 3pm.