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Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

For 25 years, the Community Arts Training Institute (CAT) has successfully worked to develop a robust regional network of people trained to use the arts as a tool for positive social change. To date, more than 350 social workers, educators, community activists, policymakers, and artists of all disciplines have completed this cross-sector training and are using their knowledge in communities around the world.

CAT is Back in 2022! 

RAC will relaunch the CAT Institute in 2022, building on the program’s rich history while examining and focusing on the challenges and opportunities of our time. CAT 2.0 will offer a refined application and selection process, a redesigned curriculum, and a reinvigorated alumni network. We are excited about these changes, strategically improving and expanding for 2022 and beyond! 

To learn more about the program, sign up for more information.

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Powering Positive Social Change Through Art

Through a rigorous application process, the program identifies dedicated participants that seek to learn about the use of the arts in community settings, to develop their collaboration skills, and to explore new concepts and ways of working. The Community Arts Training Institute is the oldest sustained training program of its kind in the country.

CAT is for everyone. Our participants come from a wide range of artistic and cultural practices, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, and identities. After completing the program, many go on to establish arts and community-based programs. Others become changemakers in social justice movements or helped shape public policy. Some guide youth through teaching artistry or have elevated their social and community arts practices using the CAT “with not for” approach.

CAT Graduation 2020

In 2018, Americans for the Arts named the Community Arts Training Institute as the Robert E. Gard Honoree, an award which “celebrates exemplary work of at the intersection of the arts and community life.”

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