Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute


The intersection of Art & Community


Introduction to the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute classThe Department of Artists and Community Initiatives at RAC supports people who are working at the intersection of art and community through training, professional development, workshops and networking opportunities, and other programs. RAC’s commitment to community led to its founding the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, the longest-running sustained training program of its kind in the United States.

Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute dance classThe Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute was founded in 1997 on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change and that cross-sector collaboration is the key to enhancing that power. Since its inception, the CAT Institute has trained over 300 artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, community and social activists, and policy-makers. These CAT Institute alumni continue to create relevant, impactful arts programs that serve under-resourced communities in a variety of settings, including neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, churches, and schools, as well as development initiatives. CAT Institute alumni create a powerful network of creative leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, all focused on building a stronger, more vibrant St. Louis.

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Got someone in mind for the CAT Institute? Submit a nomination here  It is not required to be nominated to submit an application, but we encourage them when possible because they are considered during our selection process.

2016 Report: Webs of Connection: Impacts of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

In 2015-16, RAC partnered with LS Associates on the latest study of the CAT Institute to continue identifying its impacts and opportunities for further development. More than 150 CAT Institute graduates participated in the study. Click here to view the report.