Community Arts Training

The creation and presentation of long and short-term, community-based arts partnership training programs is a core element of the Center’s work.  The CSA&C approach emphasizes collaborative curriculum design and cross-sector training. Collaborative design creates training content that is both community specific and community sensitive. This approach helps builds sustained partnerships among artists, arts administrators, human service providers and participants from other sectors.

Curriculum: The Center’s training approach developed in part in partnership with the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts.  It has been refined over the past 12 years through a series of five-month community arts training institutes created with such partners as the St. Louis Regional Arts Council, Webster University (St. Louis), Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Delaware Boys and Girls Club, Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.  

Subject areas include: The History of arts-based community development. Art and Community: definitions, myths and perceptions. Research & Reconnaissance: What do artists, arts organizations, and community partners need to know before entering into collaborations?  Environmental Issues: How do issues of race and class effect arts partnerships? Partnership Strategies: What skills do partners need to share power, define success, build trust and succeed. Survival Strategies: What strategies must partners employ to support high quality, sustainable arts programming? Also: Research & Evaluation, Teaching Strategies, Legal Issues, Advocacy, PR, and Funding.