Cotuit Center for the Arts reaches people well-beyond our Cotuit campus. In 2018, more than 1600 people felt the impact of our programs through our educational outreach, partnerships, and collaborations. We continue to look for opportunities to bring the arts and arts education to underserved populations on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. With your help, we can reach many others. Below is a list of just some of our outreach programs and community partnerships.
Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod: The Alzheimer’s Center provides an array of personalized services and pragmatic counseling to the 10,000 families, individuals, and caregivers on Cape Cod currently living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses. The Center hosts the AFSC once a month for an Arts and Ideas Event in our Art Studio. Contact Melissa Weidman for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod: The Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod works to provide a safe place to inspire and enable all young people on Cape Cod to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Every summer, BGCC campers participate in a day of artmaking and theater at the Center which includes theater games on the Schoolhouse Stage, a tour of the Gallery, and an art project in the Studio, due in part to a generous gift from the Kelley Foundation.
CapeCodCAN: Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network joined the Center in 2016 as an independent program under our umbrella. Through collaboration with local agencies, CapeCodCAN provides opportunities for inclusion and participation in literary, visual, and performing arts for people living with disabilities on Cape Cod. Over 250 people living with disabilities were served through this program in 2018, through CCCAN's ongoing classes, projects, and monthly coffeehouses, as well as annual shows on the Mainstage at the Center. Look for CCCAN's student-produced collaborative art installations all over Cape Cod, including their most recent work: the huge animal totem sculpture installed at the new MSPCA facility in Centerville! For more information, contact email@example.com.
Cape Cod Bonsai Club: The Cape Cod Bonsai Club has promoted bonsai horticulture since 1989, with many annual free exhibits and demonstrations by their members all over Cape Cod. CCBC meets here at the Center monthly, and we will be offering bonsai workshops in 2020.
Centertonix: Centertonix is the Center's own a cappella group, founded in 2017 by Steve and Idell Stein. CTX gigs all over Cape Cod year-round, including outreach events for senior centers and schools. The all-volunteer group meets weekly to rehearse in the Schoolhouse. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cotuit Bateria: Led by Cape-based percussionists Sam Holmstock (Entrain) and Michael Dunford (Cla da Bossa Nova), the Cotuit Bateria is a Brazilian Samba-infused drumming group that rehearses monthly and performs locally. This free jam session is open to all — come hit a drum or a bell, shake a shaker or even dance with wild abandon with us! Contact Michael Dunford at email@example.com for more information.
FSP Clubhouse: Strengthening families, empowering parents, and supporting stable environments for children are at the core of the community-based Family Services Programs at The Children’s Study Home, based in Hyannis. The FSP Clubhouse meets monthly in the Center's Art Studio for a free 90-minute art, music, or movement class for kids aged 12-17, led by CCftA faculty. This program was generously funded by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in 2019 and by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod in 2020.
Housing Assistance Corporation: Groups of homeless children and their caregivers come to the Center to engage in meaningful art projects. The most recent was a large mural of life-sized cutouts of the children that was displayed in the Center’s art gallery to educate the public about the homeless population on Cape Cod. This partnership could be expanded with additional funding.
The May Institute: The May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. CCftA’s Michelle Law has been teaching art to these individuals weekly since 2007. Adults with severe developmental disabilities come to our art studio to paint, draw, and create art.
Memory Cafe at the Center: The Center hosts a monthly Memory Cafe through Harbor Point in Centerville, for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia and their caregivers. The monthly event will feature a mini-class and light refreshments in our Gallery. For more information, contact Pat Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nauset Academy: Every Monday and Tuesday, CCftA faculty members and artists teach classes in music, art, and woodworking, year-round, to incarcerated youth. This is a Department of Youth Services state program funded by a grant from Commonwealth Corporation. The Center is the first program in the state to offer arts education classes in a residential setting. We are a model for other state treatment sites and have been working with Nauset Academy/Brewster Treatment Center since 2013.
Tinkergarten: Tinkergarten is a technology-enabled network of weekly STEM-based playgroups for young children that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. The Cotuit chapter of Tinkergarten meets every Saturday morning on the Schoolhouse lawn. For more info, contact Rachel DiCesare at email@example.com.
Yoga Neighborhood: Yoga Neighborhood is a 501C non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the entire community of Cape Cod, with a focus on the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. YN meets weekly on Sunday mornings in our beautiful Gallery for Sunday Morning Yoga, a 75-minute Hatha-based yoga class.