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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

122 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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCAI is an amazing school. I have learned so many valuable life skills at this school. They have been a huge part of my life. I don't know what I would do without them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is nice to see the community outreach that this organization does. To have this type of cultural gem in the Mid-Atlantic and the state Capitol is a gift that I hope everyone recognizes. I look forward to seeing CCAI grow bigger and better.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chen Yu and Bill Hubler have done an outstanding job with my daughter in training her in the art and culture of Chinese folk dance as well as ballet. My daughter now has the skills and self confidence to perform at competitions and as well as at dance recitals in front of audiences that included several hundred people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have expanded to do performances and other shows to highlight the Chinese culture and increase public awareness of the history of this culture. It is more than just a learning studio for student. I would encourage all people to look at what they have to offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This institution is very professional. After viewing the student's performance, I am quite pleased at the superb program that Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute provides. I highly recommend this studio for dance!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute provides many great cultural programs. Parents can send their children to classes to understand Chinese culture. Faculties and staff are professional, well-trained and very patient to kids. I like to watch their annual performance too. So happy we have this professional institute in the area.

Meng-Jen L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCAI frequently provides exotic performances with the best quality. The educational programs it provides are well designed and full of fun!

Daniel125

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI is one of the kind!
High quality of music making and bridging eastern and the western culture is what 21st century calls for!
Thankful to the founder that he has this amazing vision!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit organization to contribute to Asia culture and art! Amazing job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCAI is a great organization with high quality faculties who are responsible and professional. They also give amazing performances throughout the year and doing a lot of community outreach to benefit the people in the community.

Nan-Cheng C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCAI is wonderful non-for-profit arts organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

I danced at CCAI for 9 years before i graduated and went to college and it was a life changing experience where i made some really good friends, had amazing experiences, and learned more about my cultural heritage. CCAI changed me for the better and helped me learn about my culture and gave me a greater appreciation for dancing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been dancing at CCAI since I was 5 years old. Classes are a lot of fun and I always look forward to going back every week. I have learned so much from all the amazing experiences and opportunities. CCAI has become like family to me, and it's something I will never forget.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been dancing at CCAI for almost 9 years and those years have been wonderful. I love the great opportunities that CCAI has provided for me. I love the amazing people that I have met. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCAI is a wonderful and welcoming school for both children and adults to enrich their lives in Chinese Arts. My daughter has taken both dance and language and the school and the faculty and students are like a second family to us. I cannot say enough good things about this school. My daughter is so happy to see her friends each week and the dance instructor, Ms. Chen-Yu is really top notch. So glad we found this school!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter whom was adopted from China has attended many different classes for over 10 years. She has progressed from beginner to advanced due to the leadership and talent of the instructors and the head of the organization. I would recommend this group to any person wishing to learn the asian culture.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As adoptive parents of 2 Chinese American girls, we are very grateful for the opportunity to participate with CCAI. We are very fortunate to have such a quality organization within our reach to help educate our girls about their heritage. Our 12 1/2 year old daughter has been involved with CCAI, mainly through dance instruction, for nearly 10 years. Our 7-year old is in her 4th year of dance. CCAI's educational offerings are unique; and the quality of artistic instruction, both performing and visual, is superb.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an adoptive parent of two Chinese-American girls, I can safely assert that the value and enrichment brought by CCAI to my daughters and their development is immeasurable. Beginning at the age of 3, my older daughter has studied dance under ChenYu Tseui for 8 years. My younger 6 year old is in her third year of dance and also studies Mandarin. ChenYu’s supreme artistry shines through her students in the form of self-confidence, beauty, and grace. I am thankful every day that our daughters are exposed not only to such quality education, but that as Chinese adoptees, they have a peer group with which to learn about their rich heritage. Our family is most fortunate to have CCAI as part of our lives.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with CCAI for about 10 years now and it has opened so many great opportunities for me. The staff is always kind and helpful, and i always learn so much when i took dance and painting classes. I really appreciate and thank all the teachers for teaching and sharing their talents with me.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw serveral their shows and performance at community events. I realized these CCAI students not only danced well and well behaved while they were just waiting at the back stage. This institution always supports local communities and offers lots of culture classes to the public to let every one who like to know and learn more about Chinese culture. This institiution not only offers traditional Chinese culture dances and Tai-Chi class but also ballet, jazz, lyrical classes, etc. to meet different needs and enrich our life. We are lucky to have this center here.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about CCAI and its staff over the past several years. They have given my daughter so much confidence in who she is as a Chinese American. She loves her time at CCAI and would spend every day there if she could! So glad to have this resource nearby!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCAI provides opportunities for children and adults to learn the Chinese culture through dance and other traditional programs. Ms. Chen-Yu's beautiful choreography opens the window for the students and audience to better understand the beautiful culture and art of China. In addition, the dance and other programs help the children develop the self-respect that is so crucial for future success. Thank you CCAI.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Chen-Yu has made a significant difference in the lives of many children, young adults and adults. Her outstanding arts leadership allows her students to learn Chinese history, language and culture in a creative and enjoyable way. My children have been adopted from China. Ms. Chen-Yu is giving them a sense of their native country and, as their personal identities develop, is helping them understand their ethnic heritage through the arts. Ms. Chen-Yu clearly recognizes the impact that the arts have had on her life and she has been aggressive in “giving back” to the community. The art is really in her heart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCAI offers the opportunity to study Chinese culture and language whether you are from China, adopted from China or a person that is interested in Chinese culture and language. The depth and breadth of the programs far outpace those even in larger cities. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to not only to study Chinese language, but also to be a part of the CCAI family!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to see what CCAI does for the children, both adoptive and immigrant's children. A positive identification with their historic culture and a positive role model in Chen-Yu has caused a lot of these children to grow up as beautiful young women who are successful in what they strive to do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of three children, and my two oldest are already in college. All three of them took/take lessons such as Chinese dance, painting, and music at CCAI since a very young age. I can say that they grew up here and learned much from CCAI. The teachers are excellent and very professional.
Several years ago, many students traveled with their dance teacher, Ms. Tsuei, to Los Angeles to participate in the National Chinese Folk Dance Competition, and they won 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in different categories. From this experience, the students and parents learned that they can reach a high level under Ms. Tsuei's teaching. We are very fortunate to have CCAI right here in Harrisburg.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As immigrants from Taiwan, we never expected to find anything like CCAI in Harrisburg. My daughter takes traditional Chinese dance with Chen-Yu and we volunteer with CCAI. We have participated in many events, and taking the dance has given my daughter a chance to perform in front of audiences, and to grow and mature. My sons also have volunteered and have received SAT tutoring at CCAI. We are happy to be able to have found this friendship.

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter and son have been warmly welcomed into the CCAI family. It is amazing to see our children learn about the traditions and culture of their birth country. Our daughter is thriving in the dance program with Chen Yu and Sara and loves being with her new friends.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute provides invaluable education for adults and children who wish to become familiar with the with beauty and culture and beauty of Chinese art. It is an entirely unique program and deserves public support. The training which Ms. Chen-Yu provides to my daughter has helped her to respect and appreciate her identity as a Chinese-American.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the mother of a beautiful daughter, adopted from China, I can not begin to thank CCAI for all they have done, exposing her to the beauty of the Chinese culture. From language, art, music and dance, CCAI has provided a warm and welcoming community of Chinese culture and tradition. Thanks Chen Yu and Bill ... You and everyone who teaches, helps and nurtures at CCAI are wonderful!