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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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're starting our second year at CCAI. I returned to this school because it's a family environment. Everyone is welcoming and works together to get things done. It's not a traditional Chinese School (my kids go for language classes). There aren't bells to indicate the start of class time, break time, end of class. There aren't hundreds of students and parents. It's a more intimate setting. When one method wasn't working, the teacher changed to engage my kids (boys ages 12, 11 and 9) better.

There is a mandatory performance in the spring. As the parent, I was quite nervous and worried if my children could pull it off. But it ended up being a wonderful production and my children even enjoyed it.

I wish there were more hours in the day so my boys could experience all that this school offers.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am new to CCAI and to the Harrisburg area. The families and staff of CCAI have opened their arms to my family. They have worked with me to find the right teacher for my children. Coming here is like visiting family. The prices are reasonable for what they offer. It's a different feeling here than the traditional Chinese School that are held on Saturday/Sunday. The classes here are taught mostly during the school week. There's a variety of attendees ranging from young children to adults, full Chinese, half-Chinese, non-Chinese and adopted Chinese. I couldn't give it 5 stars because the facility is a little hard to find (at first). I hope they can find a better home for this wonderful school in the near future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a treasure in our area. CCAI has nurtured my daughter from a little girl to a young woman. She has grown up with the owners and the children and considers them all an extension of her family. Almost grown, she is now setting her sights on college with lots of support from CCAI. She continues to enjoy traditional Chinese dance, and Chinese painting at CCAI. Her experiences dancing and performing with CCAI will last a lifetime for her. Forever grateful the CCAI for helping our daughter come into her own.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending CCAI for many years now. She has enjoyed traditional Chinese dance, Chinese language and Chinese painting. Now that she is in her final years of high school she is being tutored for her SAT's at CCAI! Her tutor is very patient and explains things in a way that she can understand. She has built lifelong friendships with the other students and owners. CCAI will always be in her heart.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Gem in the Mid-Atlantic Region that you would not expect to find here, or elsewhere for that matter. This organization is always mistaken for being from NYC or San Francisco, or other metropolitan area. The quality of the arts presented and instructed here is unmatched anywhere. They also follow the traditional Chinese arts training and do not use any Youtube videos as training. There is no better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is so nice to see an organization like this in Harrisburg. Usually you would only see anything even close in a major city with a large Asian population such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York. We hope to see a lot more from CCAI and a bigger place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters are adopted from China, so I want to provide an opportunity for them to learn about their birth culture. My older daughter is very serious about her dancing. Miss Chen-Yu is not just a Chinese American that teaches dance; she is very accredited with a degree from Julliard and she teaches the children to perform to their ability. I love that my daughter can maximize her dance potential, learn about her birth culture, and spend time with other Chinese American adopted children all in one class! My younger daughter takes Chinese painting classes with Miss Diana. Miss Diana is an excellent painter and a kind, patient, and encouraging teacher. We have been thrilled with how well she works with our daughter's unique personality. She encourages our daughter to stretch outside of her comfort zone and accomplish things she never thought possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters are adopted from China, so I want to provide an opportunity for them to learn about their birth culture. My older daughter is very serious about her dancing. Miss Chen-Yu is not just a Chinese American that teaches dance; she is very accredited with a degree from Julliard and she teaches the children to perform to their ability. I love that my daughter can maximize her dance potential, learn about her birth culture, and spend time with other Chinese American adopted children all in one class! My younger daughter takes Chinese painting classes with Miss Diana. Miss Diana is an excellent painter and a kind, patient, and encouraging teacher. We have been thrilled with how well she works with our daughter's unique personality. She encourages our daughter to stretch outside of her comfort zone and accomplish things she never thought possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very professional site and instruction. My daughter has been taking lessons since she was 3 and on her college interview it was mentioned the video of her dancing was a plus to the resume as she has outside interests

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending the Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute for 13 years. It not only has been a wonderful way for her to learn about her heritage but it has also provided her with confidence and poise. She has been involved with Chinese Dance, Chinese Language, and Ballet through CCAI. Because of my daughter's involvement, I have learned Chinese Brush Painting through a CCAI class and I have learned about my daughter's heritage. The Faculty at CCAI are truly interested in the well being of their students both in class and outside of class. CCAI has been a great experience for us all. I highly recommed CCAI.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending CCAI for 13 years, learning Chinese dance and progressing in skill, knowledge, and confidence. Miss Chen Yu Tsuei is a wonderful teacher and a great role model.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute (CCAI) serves an important role in helping individuals throughout Central Pennsylvania to learn about Chinese culture through dance, art, and language lessons. There is simply no other similar organization here that does this work. My children have had wonderful experiences through their participation in programs through CCAI.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Chinese Cultural and Arts Center of Harrisburg is a wonderful resource for central Pennsylvania. Its students have allowed residents of the area to get a true experience of the arts of China through their performances in music, dance, painting, and drama. Harrisburg is lucky to have CCAI.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On June 17th 2017, as the host of the annual Intl & Culture Festival EXPO at Kiwanis Lake - York PA, I had the esteem pleasure of meeting the Chinese Performers Mandarin Drummers. The youth male drummers opened up during our ancestral commemoration and every listener, from team, vendors, children, parents other performers were captured and infused with a sacred and vibrational sound that placed is in a common unified synergy that carried us through the day. The young men took their position with confidence and purpose. They had gained the audience attention and many were astounded by their presence and delivery. We desire for the drummers to be with us next year - June 16, 2018. Their offering of peace, unity and healing for community uplift was well received and the clouds literally rolled away and it did not rain with scattered thunder storm as predicted. The power of the sacred drum and the vessel that avails to communicate the message through the drums will forever be fortified with a bright future. Thank you for consenting to be with us. Let's stay in touch my friends! P.S. please share with me any pics you have of them so I can post with festival album.
Respectfully,
Dr. L. "Akilah Karima" McDaniel

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an exceptional group of performers. The CCAI performed at the local Amani Festival in Carlisle PA, celebrating the diversity of our communities. Thank you for sharing not only your talents but the arts and heritage of the Chinese culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I want to be a volunteer ,Nothing is better than this to make me happy

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization this is! We held a corporate event in our office to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - and CCAI came in and performed a beautiful Mongolian Dance Solo! The audience / our associates were mesmerized by how intricate and graceful the moves were from the artist, Emily, who captivated the group with her performance. Thank you to Bill, Emily, her parents, and the CCAI organization for coming to our office and sharing with us a little bit of Chinese Culture that day.

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.

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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.

2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.