CSA&C has over thirty years experience building arts partnerships in educational, community and social institutions. We have provided expert guidance for developing artistic, educational, funding, community development collaborations with over 250 partners from the arts and other community sectors.
CSA&C's clients include artists and arts organizations, educational, health, human service, and criminal justice agencies, state and local government, and the business and philanthropic communities. View a list of our partners here. Share stories about specific projects here.
ARTS BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
We describe our work as building bridges between local arts resources and the needs of the broader “community”.
We define the field of arts-based community development, as:
Arts-centered activity that contributes to the sustained advancement of human dignity, health or productivity within a community.
These include arts-based activities that:
NURTURE and HEAL
people and/or communities.
EDUCATE and INFORM
us about ourselves and the world.
BUILD and IMPROVE
community capacity and/or infrastructure.
INSPIRE and MOBILIZE individuals or groups to action.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING THREE ASSERTIONS
AS FOUNDATIONAL TO OUR WORK
Arts-centered learning is necessary for the healthy development of every child.
Creative community development is necessary for building healthy, productive, and sustainable communities.
The development of a worldview that supports an equitable and sustainable future is not possible without the active participation of society’s creators and story makers.