CECA offers over 100 events per year featuring more than 75 guest artists
Since 1985, the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA, or "seek-ah") has been providing students, the Clarksville community, and the middle Tennessee region with engaging experiences through the Art + Design, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Creative Writing programs at APSU. CECA brings as many as 85 guest artists to Clarksville each year and presents up to 100 public arts & culture events annually, including concerts, exhibitions, artist lectures, master classes, artist residencies, and more. In addition, CECA provides the arts faculty at APSU with research opportunities to enhance their professional growth as well as numerous student scholarships each year to support APSU's own emerging artists.
From inspiring visiting artist lectures to impressive performances, CECA has something for everyone. All events offered by CECA are free and open to the community unless otherwise advertised.
Creative Arts Areas at Austin Peay
The Austin Peay State University Department of Music is an active and highly-visible component of the Clarksville Community. Composed of approximately 180 music majors and 32 full-time and adjunct faculty, the Department of Music is the largest producer of cultural events in the Clarksville area.
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Austin Peay State University's College of Arts and Letters and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will host a stage on Sept. 9-10 at Clarksville Parks and Recreation's Riverfest, featuring a variety of dance, theatre and musical performances from Austin Peay students, alumni and community members. Broadway stars and APSU professors Deonté L. Warren ("Aladdin") and Victoria Fowler ("Wicked") will headline the festivities.Read More
This free, public exhibit will run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays from Aug. 28 - Oct. 13 at The New Gallery, located in the Art + Design Building on Austin Peay's campus.Read More
Students from Austin Peay State University's (APSU) Department of Music recently performed the first opera sung in French in the history of the APSU Opera Theatre: "Cendrillon" by Pauline Viardot. The three-act operetta is based on the story of Cinderella and originally premiered in Paris, France in April 1904.Read More