Community Arts Project (CAP)

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Description

Primarily focused on engaging a community or a group of people, community arts projects (CAP) involve a variety of media and often function to facilitate a dialogue within a group. Many of these projects are created and envisioned with the help of professional artists.

There are many variations of how community arts and cultural development works are made, developed, and shared, and as such, there is no one model. What is at the core of this practice, however, is the collaboration between professional artists and communities to create art.

CAP’s programs have gained enthusiastic support from students, teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and local businesses.

Benefits

  • Community arts projects offer children and adults an opportunity to create art and build self-esteem, some are a means to revitalize disenfranchised communities, and offer people a place to express themselves through a visual means.
  • Activities ought to embrace the active emotional and aesthetic elements of each community, and strive to assert the role of activities of artistic excellence in contributing to its vibrancy and well being.
  • When collaborating with local businesses, it helps to create connections with the community.
  • And it enriches community spaces with creative works.

Preparation

  • Developing an art-making space that is affordable and available to many
  • Using, when possible, donated and recycled materials and equipment
  • Developing programs for making community art, as well as personal art-making

The following is vital to the health and happiness of individuals and of society:

Real face to face, not just virtual, community

The making and experiencing creative work

  • The sharing of resources, both for forming the bonds of community, and lightening our impact on the environment.

Examples or inspirations (videos, links)

Name of the Institution or person suggesting:

  • bighart.org, Australia’s leading arts, and social change organisation
  • Creative NZ (New Zealand) governing by the Arts Council
  • Village Art Room
  • Teenagers

  • Children 7-12

  • Families

  • Adult citizens