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Mission + Vision

Our mission

The College of Creative Arts provides a dynamic learning environment in the visual and performing arts to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of a diverse community in support of the goals of Youngstown State University.

The College is dedicated to:

  • demonstrating the values and principles inherent to the arts and challenging students to experience and appreciate the various forms of artistic expression;
  • recognizing scholarship and teaching as integral and interrelated activities of the College demonstrated by a faculty and staff of active artists and scholars, providing a lasting and sustainable contribution to aid students in achieving an enriched and fulfilled life;
  • utilizing music, visual arts, theater, and dance to present a highly visible presence reaching beyond the University community;
  • creating an innovative environment that cultivates its faculty, staff, and students to become leaders in their professional and civic lives.


We educate the thinkers, leaders, and citizens who will create and perform art, consider broad perspectives, engage in innovation, and shift perspectives.


Living our mission

We embody our mission through initiatives that educate our students, connect with our region, promote artistic and technical innovation, and generate compelling, dynamic creative and scholarly activities. Several of these are below, and you may find more by visiting our departmental webpages.