Art Bus

The Art Bus is a retrofitted school bus classroom that “pops-up” outdoors at local schools and community events to increase access to hands-on creative experiences.


Summer Art & Nature Pop-Up
Saturday, June 18, 2022
at the beach! (location TBA)

Cotuit Center for the Arts and Get Outside Cape Cod are utilizing the Art Bus to increase access to positive outdoor experiences in nature by offering local families seasonal Art & Nature Pop-Up events during weekends in 2022. We are partnering with select parks and conservation lands, highlighting local natural environments by utilizing them as outdoor classrooms for teaching and learning. Families attending Art & Nature Pop-Ups will experience guided walks and connected hands-on artmaking activities for both kids and adults that focus on the local flora and fauna of our incredible place - Cape Cod.


The Art Bus can brings creative fun to school local campuses by:

  • supplementing daytime, after school, evening, or weekend school events (Field Day, Back to School Night, etc.)
  • serving as a stand-alone family engagement event
  • visiting art clubs
  • hosting outdoor "classroom" visits

* Art Bus pop-up events are offered free of cost to elementary schools within 25 miles of the Center that receive schoolwide Title I funding.


The Art Bus offers seasonal family days at the Cotuit Center for the Arts and in local community centers. Family Days provide kids and their grownups the opportunity to connect with creative prompts and art materials.


To ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Art Bus initiatives and provide access to those traditionally underserved by arts-based programs, we seek to vary and expand our support from a variety of granting organizations, private donors, community foundations, and local corporations.


Learn more about volunteering with the Art Bus.


We are currently accepting a number of new and re-use creative materials. Make an appointment to drop off your donations in support of Youth & Family programs at the Center.


Donate to our Art Bus program.

Pilot programming for the Art Bus has been supported through generous donations from:

Horizon Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Further Forward Foundation, Marjorie McGraw and Lynne McGraw, and the Mass Cultural Council.



Denise Steiger
DIrector of Youth & Family Programs