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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: To help facilitate and nurture an understanding between the oldest culture in the world and the United States American Culture. The CCAI helps to broaden this understanding through the exchange of cultural arts between the two societies. The oldest and deepest cultural roots of any society are in its dances. CCAI helps with the exchange of dance, art, culture, theatre and language.

Target demographics: adopted and immigrant children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100+ students

Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic

Programs: Traditional Chinese dance, traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese language, Tai Chi, drumming, and traditional music. Seminars on adoption, Chinese opera, tea arts, travel, photography, costuming, and culture.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI has been so welcoming and supportive to me as an adult learner of Chinese language and Tai Chi. I so appreciate the encouragement and support, as well as the excellent personalized instruction. I can't thank them enough!

Lucina Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do everything serious and professional! I did many performances for them, I enjoyed work with them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute has been an influential part of my life for 10 years now. It has taught me so much about the different aspects of the Chinese culture. I have met so many wonderful people through this institution. The performances the school puts on are incredible.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family of four (mother, father, son, and daughter) have all been active participants of the CCAI community for the past 12 years, and it has been more culturally rewarding and enriching than we could have ever hoped. We have participated in a wide variety of classes ranging from traditional Chinese dance, painting, and yo-yo classes to music electives including study of the Chinese Er-hu and battle drum. But CCAI has meant so much more to our family than just the classes it offers. The organization serves as the headquarters for a rich cultural enclave within central Pennsylvania; Chinese-American families from all across the state congregate at the charity events, holiday parades, and performances that are hosted and sponsored by CCAI. This organization has become such a crucial, integral part of the life and livelihood of our family, and has bonded us with many other Chinese-American families through a set of experiences and memories that we will all cherish forever.

1 Helen Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with CCAI for the past 12 years and it has opened so many doors for me. CCAI was basically my second home. I took classes almost everyday and i loved the staff there. All my instructors were experts in their field and always encouraged me to keep going.

I love chinese culture and from the start, i knew CCAI would teach me more than just chinese culture. I took chinese dance, language, and painting classes with CCAI and even though i am in college now, i still go back to them during my breaks to continue to do what i love to do. Being a National Endowment of the Arts recipient for chinese painting, i can say that CCAI and their teachers has taught me so much about chinese painting. I went from not knowing how to even hold a brush to painting extravagant landscapes. I always loved art, but never have i thought i would be an NEA recipient. Through CCAI's ongoing encouragement and the help of the staff, i am now even more excited to continue my work and give back to the community everything this great organization has taught me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute is a unique cultural arts organization not only locally, regionally, but nationally. The level of achievement by the students is phenomenal. There have been multiple National Endowment for the Arts sponsored Master/Apprentices for CCAI over the past 10 years. The current 2 have NEA Apprenticeships in Traditional Chinese Dance and Traditional Chinese Painting. The results of these Apprenticeships were just showcased for the month of September in the Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

CCAI demands a lot from the students in order to achieve these results. The students rise to the challenges that are presented, and thrive. Much like the founders Juilliard training, these students are pushed to achieve as close to perfection as possible. It shows.

CCAI is now entering its next phase of building a traditional Chinese cultural center as our new home in the PA State Capitol. This will be a cultural center that is unique to the country, have the ability to host art exhibits, major shows in the theater, host artists in residence, and a major cultural arts draw to the Mid-Atlantic.

Please visit CCAI's website at http://chineseculturalartsinstitute.org for continuing updates on CCAI.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am using the CCAI to learn to speak and read Mandarin. This place is great and I appreciate it! My life has been enriched. I would never have been able to progress so well with some type of self help program.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done some volunteer work for this organization in the past and I can confidently say that the CCAI organization is a very professional institute that is home some of the most talented individuals around the area. They organize professional productions and I have volunteered at some of those events. Overall, the CCAI excels as one of the best Chinese Institutions and leaves it's competitors in the dust.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI has been and continues to be a great curltural arts school for our daughter, who enjoys the dance classes there every week. CCAI has also been a great emotional support for her, due to our daughter being adopted from China, from a cultural learning experience and from the great friendships she has made with the other students. Miss Chen Yu is a phenomenal dance instructor, runs a very tight ship, and keeps them engaged. And it shows. Not only are these kids some of the most well behaved and most respectful kids (at least there, anyway), but they are also great dancers, performers, and artists. "Uncle" Bill is also very supportive of these kids and teaches them how to be mature, young adults...and he gives out candy after every class! All of their other instructors are extremely qualified and great too. Overall, I highly recommend this school to any parent out there that wants to have their child try something culturally diverse, challenging, and fun.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been dancing at CCAI for the past 12 years, and the organization has become an integral part of my life. CCAI offers so many different opportunities and classes to take, and it's amazing how much I've learned simply from being a part of CCAI for the past few years. The entire atmosphere is both welcoming and comforting, and CCAI is truly an amazing place for everyone in the community to learn more about all aspects of the Chinese culture.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to meet some of the people from CCA and was impressed by how the organization operates. It has my recommendation