Cotuit Center for the Arts reaches people well-beyond our Cotuit campus. In 2016, 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.
Brewster Treatment Center: Every Thursday, 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 with Commonwealth Corporation. CCftA 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. Classes at Brewster Treatment will continue for the 2017-2018 year, provided grant funding.
Cape Cod CAN: CapeCodCAN! joined Cotuit Center for the Arts in 2016 as an independent program under our umbrella. Through collaboration with local agencies, Cape Cod CAN! provides opportunities for inclusion and participation in literary, visual, and performing arts for people living with disabilities on Cape Cod. Over 500 people living with disabilities were served through this program in 2016, through CCCAN's Art is for Everyone classes and projects, as well as annual shows on the Mainstage at CCftA. Look for CCCAN's student-produced collaborative art installations all over Cape Cod!
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 since 2007. Adults with severe developmental disabilities come to our art studio to paint, draw, and create art. We will continue to offer this Tuesday morning class in 2017-2018, due in part to a generous donation from The Mashpee Cultural Council.
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. In the summer of 2017, 45 children will participate in Summer Camp at CCftA which will include seeing a show on the Mainstage, a tour of the Gallery, and an art project in the Studio, due in part to a generous gift from the Kelley Foundation.
Cape Cod Challenger Club: The Cape Cod Challenger Club works to enrich the lives of children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic, recreational and social activities that are most often not available to them under typical circumstances. In the summer of 2015, we brought 50 children with disabilities to see the children’s show using funds provided by an anonymous donor.
TBI Support Group: Each month the gallery at Cotuit Center for the Arts hosts the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts for their support group. The group is enhanced by the beautiful artwork surrounding their therapeutic session.