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Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

Meet our 2020-2021 CAT Alumni Advisory Committee Members!

In 2019, the Regional Arts Commission implemented the Alumni Advisory Committee for the Community Arts Training. The Committee is comprised on 14 CAT Alumni that wish to further and deepen their engagement with the CAT Institute. This opportunity allows CAT alumni to help shape and develop the future of the CAT Institute and engage the alumni cohort of 400 members. The Committee will be working on a variety of projects over the year. Learn more about this year’s committee. 

Due to COVID-19, the next Community Arts Training Institute is postponed. We will share more information as soon as we are able to set a new schedule.

The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute is an innovative program centered on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change. The CAT Institute, founded in 1997, is a five-month training that fosters successful partnerships between artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, community and social activists, and policy-makers with the goal of creating relevant, impactful arts programs particularly in under-resourced community settings, e.g. neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, development initiatives, and after-school programs.

The Regional Arts Commission 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. Since its inception, the CAT Institute has trained over 400 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.

Are you working at the intersection of art and community?

Applications are currently closed for the next Community Arts Training Institute. We will share more information as soon as we are able to set a new schedule.

You can nominate a colleague for the CAT Institute. Nominations are encouraged because they are considered during the selection process. (They are not required, however.) Self-nominations are welcomed. Submit a nomination.