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Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

CECA brings both emerging and prominent artists from around the nation to Clarksville each year to present concerts and lectures, work directly with students in master classes and workshops, and introduce innovative ways of making or exploring art. All events offered by CECA are open to the community unless otherwise advertised.

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. 

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CECA offers experiences in the creative arts year round

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

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Department of Art and Design

APSU's art & design program offers studies in drawing, digital media, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and art education.

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Creative Writing Minor

As one of the university's largest departments, Languages and Literature offers students small classes and a diverse, experienced faculty including many award-winning teachers.

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Department of Music

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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Theatre and Dance
Department of Theatre and Dance

Theatre and Dance at Austin Peay offers a world-renowned department, in a state-of-the-art facility, fostering artists, scholars and professionals who positively impact our world.

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APSU Children’s Choir performs at Opryland
APSU Children's Choir performs at Opryland

The Clarksville Children's Chorus, featuring students from APSU's Community School of the Arts, performed at the Tennessee Music Educators Conference at Opryland on April 11, showcasing their exceptional talent and collaboration with APSU musicians.

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APSU Opera Theatre and Orchestra to enchant audiences with 'The Magic Flute' April 20-21

Austin Peay State University's Opera Theatre program is inviting the community to attend its inaugural performance of "The Magic Flute" on April 20 and 21 at the George & Sharon Mabry Concert Hall. Both performances are free and open to the public, thanks to support from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) at Austin Peay. 

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APSU to welcome printmaker for residency and public event on March 27

Austin Peay State University's Department of Art + Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is welcoming printmaker Althea Murphy-Price to conclude the 2023-24 CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series. She will deliver a free public lecture for all ages at 6 p.m. March 27, in Heydel Hall, located in the Art + Design Building Room 120.

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