Regional Arts Commission Announces 2016 Place-Based Community Arts Training Institute Fellows

Vital Voice
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the region’s largest annual funder of the arts dedicated to the cultivation, promotion, and fostering of cultural programming in the St. Louis area, is pleased to announce the graduation of 15 Fellows from its 4th Place-Based Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute held August-October 2016.

Now in its 19th year, the CAT Institute is an innovative multi-month curriculum for artists of all disciplines, social service professionals and community organizers who learn to collaborate across sectors to develop programs that can affect positive social change within communities. These programs take place in homeless shelters, prisons, at-risk schools, hospices, community centers, daycare facilities, social service agencies, as well as within neighborhoods. In 2011, the CAT Institute was expanded to include a place-based model for community arts training that operates within a neighborhood and emphasizes the power of the arts to change lives and change communities.

Roseann Weiss, Director of RAC’s Department of Artist and Community Initiatives, commented, “We are excited about this assembly of people who are dedicated to their neighborhoods. Art will be an essential tool for amplifying their work to improve their communities.”

This year continued an exciting period of growth for RAC’s CAT Institute, including the expansion of this year’s Place-Based CAT Institute into four neighborhoods. “With over 300 graduates, CAT Institute trained artists, activists, social workers, and community organizers continue to make a profound impact in St. Louis neighborhoods and institutions by empowering creative community collaborations and inspiring new ways to address social issues,” said Liz Pund, CAT Institute Co-Director. She continues, “The CAT Institute builds strong networks and we hope to see even stronger ties across the region through this place-based model.”

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