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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

104 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!

Jenny J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great service. I had my daughter taker summer classes for chinese language and the chinese dance class. And we will continue the class. My daughter love it. Very friendly teachers and uncle bill. Mrs. Chen is the dance teacher, drum, which is very experienced and knowledge of dance also well prepared each time when kids show up in the class. Mrs. Diana is language, chinese painting and calligraphy. Beautiful art works. Great place to take your kids for education. Feel very welcome each time when we were there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our third year with CCAI. Hard to believe since it feels like we've been there forever. Unlike many of the families here, I have boys that don't dance here. I bring them for the language program in hopes that they will be bilingual. Since they're not interested in learning, it's a struggle to get them to class and to do their homework. But once they're in class, they do learn. Their teacher is a saint for her patience with their shenanigans.

If not for attending this school, my boys would not know as much as I would want them to know about their culture (they're mixed) and I'm second generation so my knowledge is already decreased compared to natives. This school provides opportunities for celebrating our culture.

In addition, every year, they put on a fantastic spring gala that features the students in dance, art and the language classes put on a play. This isn't a low level recital type event; it's a full blown, could be professionals level performing event. Again, while my children did not want to do it at first, they have learned valuable lessons from doing so. One even remarked that presentations in school are not hard after having done this.

I highly recommend attending this school for their language, dance or fine arts programs!! Even though my children do not attend the other programs, I have seen the quality of their work and it's amazing. If I had more time, I would take classes there too! (maybe when my kids are grown)

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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: 5

We adopted our daughter from China. She started with CCAI just before she turned 4 and continued with it until she left the area for college. She participated in Ballet, Chinese Language, and Chinese Dance. I started taking Chinese Brush Painting and found it very relaxing. The teachers at CCAI are wonderful caring people. The bar is set high, but attainable. They helped our daughter gain confidence and poise which will serve her a lifetime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started Chinese dance with CCAI just before her 4th birthday and continued until she went to college. The teachers truly care for the students. CCAI helped her develop poise and self confidence in addition to providing exposure to her Chinese culture. It was definitely a good investment for her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending CCAI recitals for 10+ years. Ms. Chen Yu's dance's choreography and music are very professional. The drumming is awesome. The Chinese plays are very entertaining. Ms. Diana is a very positive teacher and a role model, and her paintings are beautiful. My granddaughter and I have learned alot about the Chinese cultural through CCAI. I am very thankful to CCAI for teaching my granddaughter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going to CCAI for 9+ years. CCAI has given her confidence, inspiration, and an extended family. Chen Yu and Uncel Bill are more than teachers, they are family. I'm so thankful we found CCAI.

1 Kevin C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has treated me like family. During the years I have attended this institute, they have taught me great lessons and has given me many wonderful opportunities. This organization has shaped me into who I am today and allowed me to meet great people as well as make new memories. I cannot thank CCAI enough for the experience they have given me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

During the few years I’ve spent at CCAI, it has provided me with many opportunities and it’s been a big influence in my life. As a student learning in this organization, not only has it taught me many life lessons, it had also encouraged me to reach new heights under the support of many great teachers. To be honest, I don't know where I would've been if I hadn't found this organization, nor would I have met many great people and befriended many. Overall CCAI is a outstanding and comfortable place to learn at, and ensure a better for you.

1 Jailee1939

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI is one of the things that brightens up my life. Something that I really look forward to each day, I've always had a good time at CCAI and everyone's really nice to each other so it's a positive environment. We're all a big family and are there for each other. All the teachers there are really good and supporitve, and they have a lot to teach and they help you out if you're stuck on something. I've been at CCAI for around 9 years and learnt a lot of different things there, like Chinese dance, drumming, and painting, and also ballet and pointe, all of which I love. Chinese Cultural and Arts Insititue is essentially just a really great place with amazing teachers and friends and good learning expericence for all ages.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI is a great place for all ages to learn about Chinese culture. I’ve been learning there for about 9 years. Through those years I’ve learned Chinese dance, language, painting, drumming, ballet, and pointe. CCAI has a great environment and everyone there has become like family to me. CCAI is like my second home with great learning experiences and friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As being a student at CCAI for around 8 years I’ll say CCAI is a great environment for all ages. CCAI has experienced teachers who bring the best out of you. CCAI also has great opportunities to perform for community events and many others. I have befriended many other students from CCAI who I will always cherish. I am very thankful for CCAI and all it’s teachers, students, and parents for helping me grow throughout the years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute has given me so many amazing experiences over the years! I absolutely love being able to share my culture and heritage with others through Chinese dance. I have made so many lasting friendships and unforgettable memories. Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute does an amazing job of giving their students opportunities to perform and make an impact on our community. I honestly could not imagine the past few years of my life without Chinese dance!

1 Sonda H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute in Harrisburg, PA is an amazing non-profit organization in Central PA. I am very grateful for the opportunities my adopted daughter has been given by participating in Chinese dance for the past seven years through CCAI. Not only does it connect her with her Chinese culture, but it gives her opportunities to volunteer at numerous events which enlighten others to her culture through beautiful traditional dances choreographed by her teacher Chen-Yu Tsuei. My daughter enjoys learning the dances and values the friendships she had made through dance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We value the opportunity our adopted daughter has to learn Chinese dance through the programs offered by the Chinese Culture Arts Institute. For our daughter to be able to learn Chinese dance is fulfilling one of her dreams. We are grateful that Chen-Yu and Bill have an interest in sharing the rich Chinese culture to students who have an interest in learning more about their heritage. We feel fortunate to have found the Chinese Culture Arts Institute!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone there is like a huge family where we all support each other. The teachers are a truly invested in the kids learning experience. It’s great for all ages with classes for everyone

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been dancing at CCAI for about 9 years now and has been a huge part of my life ever since then. They have taught me not just chinese dance, ballet, and chinese culture, but life long lessons. I am glad to say that CCAI has played such an important role in shaping my character. I’ve learned to have dedication, passion, confidence, and discipline. Additionally, social skills and stage pressence. Being part of CCAI, gives students a great amount of opportunities from several performances to many other events. They also provide many extra fun activities every now and then to help us learn more about chinese culture which includes classes such as cooking and art. The teachers there are all so caring and make CCAI feel like your second home. My dance teacher, Chen Yu, is truly invested in what she does and does much more than just teach us dance. She makes sure her students are not just being the best dancers they can be, but the best person they can be which means outside of CCAI as well. Both Bill and Chen Yu are always working hard to give the students as many opportunities possible. I am also so thankful for all the strong friendships that I have made over the past few years. Everyone is so caring and genuine. It’s such a loving and positive place. CCAI is my happy place and will always have a huge part in my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCAI has taught me so much and has been a big part of me ever since I first joined! I take dance classes there every week and have made many close and great friends! Im SO thankful for all the amazing opportunities that CCAI has given me and for helping me learn more about my culture! My teacher is not only a great dance teacher, but she's a role model. My classmates and I all look up to her! CCAI is very welcoming and filled with amazing people and teachers! They have so much to offer! CCAI will always be a big part of me!

Mai-Lynn S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI is an outstanding organization. They were a huge help to Brittany's Hope Walk of Love event. The students and staff were amazing, they did a beautiful job sharing the Chinese culture and art with our participants, especially our recipient families with adopted children from China. It's wonderful to have this cultural nonprofit right in our backyard. Thank you to the staff and the students of CCAI for your support in 2018.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teachers are very knowledgeable and have patience towards every students. For example, the Chinese drawing explained the themes and steps for the final outcome. Of course, the younger student or beginners could get it the first time, second time, even the third time, but the art instructor still patiently explained how to do it. She even hold the student's hand to try the strokes. Thank the teacher so patiently teaching.

Judith S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI was like a second family for me in the past year. I was new to the Hershey area with a young family and knew I'd only be there for a year, but I was warmly welcomed into the adult class. I looked forward to all the classes and rehearsals because they were fun, challenging, and engaging. We've since moved from the area and I wish I were still able to attend CCAI!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a language and dance student at CCAI for over 3 1/2 years. As an American born Chinese, it was important for me that my daughter experiences the Chinese culture and arts. CCAI has and is providing her those experiences. Bill, Chen-Yu, their teachers and the experienced parents have been so welcoming and helpful to us. I highly recommend CCAI for anyone who is interested in the chinese culture and arts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute is the leading Asian cultural nonprofit in the Harrisburg region. Miss Chen-Yu, Miss Diana, Miss Lizhu, Andy, and the other PROFESSIONAL teachers are nationally and internationally recognized. Miss Chen-Yu and Miss Diana are recognized Masters in their traditional Chinese arts forms by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andy is recognized as a top 25 classical musician by the NYT. Throughout the Mid-Atlantic, CCAI and it's staff are recognized for their preservation of traditional art forms. These are teachers/masters who teach from their lifelong professional training, not from some online video. If you are looking for real traditional instruction in traditional Chinese dance, painting, calligraphy, music, theater, opera, Lion Dance, etc., CCAI is the place to start.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of the community it is nice to have this cultural nonprofit in the Greater Capitol Region. You would normally only find something like CCAI in a major city like New York or San Francisco. This explains the looks that CCAI gets when it is stated they are located in Harrisburg. Please support this nonprofit and the work it does with adopted and immigrant children, youth, and adults.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute is an amazing organization that helps share cultural diversity with the community. I am extremely grateful that I have the opportunity to perform with CCAI and share a piece of my Chinese culture with others. Ms. Chen-Yu is an outstanding teacher and choreographer who enriches her students and teaches them to embrace their culture. Cultural diversity is an important part of our society, and CCAI helps students reach out to the community and share their culture with others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past seven years, Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute has offered many awesome opportunities for our daughter to participate in Chinese cultural dances. As adoptive parents, this is important to us since it connects our adopted daughter to her Chinese heritage. In addition, our daughter takes Chinese painting classes through CCAI. Chen-yu Tsuei is a gifted dancer and choreographer whose vision has brought Chinese culture to South Central Pennsylvania. We are grateful for the cultural experience CCAI has provided to our daughter.