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College of Arts and Humanities

Outreach Activities

The College of Arts and Humanities takes seriously its role as a cultural and economic resource for the Central Washington region. In particular, we have many outreach initiatives with regional schools to benefit k-12 students and teachers. Many of our CAH students also complete internships and service learning projects in regional agencies, offices and businesses.


Department of Art

Friday Children's Art Class - elementary school students come to campus after school for six thematic art classes during spring term

Discovery Program - CWU art education majors help to teach middle school students in art classes on campus during winter term

Department of Communication

Student Ad Agency -  students offer PR and advertising services to local clients, both on campus and off

Department of English

Central Washington Writing Project - a program to help K-12 teachers in all subjects improve their teaching of writing. Teachers come to campus in summer, and CWU faculty visit schools during the academic year.

Department of World Languages

World Languages Day - An annual event that brings hundreds of high school students to campus to experience workshops on world languages and cultures

Department of Music

String Prep Program - sponsored by the Department of Music for K-12 students. Nearly 100 school students come to campus to participate in 4 different string ensembles.

Children's Choir Program - a choir program for elementary school children that is composed of two choirs.

Special Opera Performances for public schools - school children come to campus for opera performances and members of the CWU Opera Club visit schools.

Halloween Orchestra Concerts for Schools - two performances to which K-12 students are bussed to campus

Ensemble Directors Collaboration - CWU Ensemble Directors regularly visit area schools to work with high school ensembles

Yakima Area Outreach - CWU Brass and Woodwind Quintets cooperate with Yakima Symphony Orchestra in outreach programs to schools

District Consultantship- CWU Music professor Bret Smith is a curriculum consultant to Yakima School District

Annual Festivals- Annual Festivals for high schools in each performing area (8 total). The largest one attracts over 2000 high school students to the CWU campus

Summer Youth Orchestra and Chamber Music Festival - attracts about 60 school age musicians for a week-long, on campus summer experience

State Solo and Ensemble Competition - held annually on the CWU campus - several thousand students attend, and many CWU Music professors adjudicate

District Music Solo and Ensemble Contest - held annually at CWU - about 500 students attend

Flute Choir performances - annually performance at the Children’s Activity Museum

Classics in Ellensburg - noon concerts of CWU and school musicians mainly for preschool children and seniors

Sounds of Summer Drum Workshop - annual summer workshop at CWU for high school students

Faculty Adjudicators - CWU Music faculty regularly adjudicate at high school band, orchestra and choir festivals in state, region and even nation

CWU Music Major Directors - CWU Music majors regularly serve as directors for middle-school jazz ensembles

CWU Horn Ensemble Performances - gives at least three performances each year at area schools

Department of Theatre Arts

Faculty Workshops - CWU Theatre faculty often present workshops to WA high school students


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