Do You Know About Our Outreach Program?
Cotuit Center for the Arts reaches people well-beyond our Cotuit campus. In 2013, more than1600 people felt the impact of our programs through our educational outreach, partnerships, and collaborations. We continue to look for opportunities to bring the arts and arts education to underserved populations on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. With your help, we can reach many others. Below is a list of just some of our outreach programs:
Brewster Treatment Center: Every Thursday, CCftA faculty members and artists teach classes in music, art, and woodworking, year-round, to incarcerated youth. This is a Department of Youth Services state program funded by a grant with Commonwealth Corporation. CCftA is the first program in the state to offer arts education classes in a residential setting. We are a model for other state treatment sites. Classes at Brewster Treatment will continue for the 2015-2106 year, provided grant funding.
Cape Cod CAN!: Cotuit Center for the Arts has partnered with Cape Cod CAN!, an organization for people with disabilities, to present several theatrical productions starring and celebrating the capabilities and talents of the people of Cape Cod, including those with disabilities. NEWS: Effective January 1, Cape Cod CAN! Will become a full program under the CCftA umbrella!
Housing Assistance Corporation: Groups of homeless children and their caregivers come to the center to engage in meaningful art projects. The most recent was a large mural of life-sized cutouts of the children that was displayed in the Center’s art gallery to educate the public about the homeless population on Cape Cod. This partnership could be expanded with additional funding.
The May Institute: The May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. CCftA’s Michelle Law has been teaching art to these individuals since 2007. Adults with severe developmental disabilities come to our art studio to paint, draw, and create art. We will continue to offer this Tuesday mornings in 2015-2016.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod: The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod works to provide a safe place to inspire and enable all young people on Cape Cod to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. In 2015, we brought 30 students to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever using grant money from an anonymous private donor.
Cape Cod Challenger Club: The Cape Cod Challenger Club works to enrich the lives of children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic, recreational and social activities that are most often not available to them under typical circumstances. This past summer 2015, we brought 50 children with disabilities to see the children’s show using funds provided by an anonymous donor.
Summer Outreach Program: Cotuit Center for the Arts is currently seeking funding to bring groups of traditionally underserved children to the Center in the summer to see a family friendly play, have a tour of the gallery and complete an art project.
TBI Support Group: Each month the gallery at Cotuit Center for the Arts hosts the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts for their support group. The group is enhanced by the beautiful artwork surrounding their therapeutic session.
The Community Outreach Fund began in 2012 as an initiative to provide music, travelling theater, student recitals, visual arts and family-oriented art projects in several towns to 1,600 people including the underserved, low-income and at risk youth. The Fund ensures that these programs continue to be offered at minimal or no cost to audiences.
With additional funding for the Community Outreach Program, Cotuit Center for the Arts could expand many of these projects and remove the transportation barrier with increased funding to get children safely to the center, or even acquire an outreach van.
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