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Community Art Center

Community Art Center

Founded in 1937, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds.

The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative and challenging learning opportunities to youth. We aim to develop the next generation of civically engaged, community-minded leaders, and problem-solvers.

We do this in the context of a supportive family-like environment with intensive social, emotional and academic help structures built-in. Mental health and transportation services are available, and we serve up to three full meals a day.

Generations of families have passed through our classrooms, drawing, writing, and dancing, as well as learning photography, pottery, and video.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers, some of whom grew up at the Art Center, serve our youth as a family network, knowing the hurdles they must master first hand. Now, our media and design computer labs enable us to evolve traditional art forms using new technologies.

Community Art Center achieves our mission through intensive, year-round activities for youth ages 5-19 and through youth-led Community Programming that engages local and national audiences in quality artistic experiences:

Youth ages 5-12 participate in the School Age Child Care Program (SACC), and become creative problem solvers through a hands-on arts curriculum.

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